Galena acquires Mills Pharmaceuticals in share transaction Galena Biopharma announced it has acquired Mills Pharmaceuticals, which has the worldwide rights to GALE-401, a patented, controlled release formulation of anagrelide. Galena expects to pursue the expedited 505(b)(2) regulatory pathway to seek approval of GALE-401 for the treatment of Essential Thrombocythemia, or ET. The company also believes GALE-401 meets the qualifications for orphan drug status. GALE-401 has an estimated peak market size of approximately $200M in the U.S. Under the terms of the agreement, Galena paid an up-front payment to Mills Pharmaceuticals' owners. Additionally, Mills Pharmaceuticals owners are eligible to receive one-time payments of up to 4M shares with the achievement of specified regulatory milestones. The owners of Mills Pharmaceuticals are also eligible to receive $3M upon FDA approval of a new drug application in respect to GALE-401. GALE-401 possesses a broad patent portfolio and provides intellectual property protection through at least 2029. Mills Pharmaceuticals is affiliated with Aceras Partners. Roth Capital Partners acted as financial advisor to Galena in this transaction.
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