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Halozyme to license drug delivery tech to Roche, Bristol-Myers

 

(Reuters) – U.S. drugmaker Halozyme Therapeutics Inc said on Thursday it would license its drug delivery technology to Bristol-Myers Squibb Co and Swiss drugmaker Roche in separate collaborations.

Shares of Halozyme rose 12.7 percent to $14.85 in premarket trading after the company also raised its 2017 revenue forecast as a result of the deals.

The company now expects full-year revenue of $245 million to $260 million, compared with an earlier forecast of $115 million to $130 million.

Halozyme will receive $105 million upfront from Bristol-Myers, while Roche will pay $30 million upfront for Halozyme’s Enhanze technology that helps quicken the administration of injectable drugs.

Halozyme is also entitled to future payments of up to $160 million each from both deals, upon achieving development, regulatory and sales-based milestones.

Halozyme had licensed Enhanze to Roche in 2006 for the development of two cancer drugs.

Reporting by Manas Mishra in Bengaluru; Editing by Sai Sachin Ravikumar

 

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