NEW YORK and OSAKA, Japan, Nov. 3, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc. (Nasdaq:ITCI) and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited announced today that they have entered into an agreement to mutually terminate the February 2011 license agreement covering Intra-Cellular Therapies' proprietary compound ITI-214 and related PDE1 inhibitors and to return the rights for these compounds to Intra-Cellular Therapies.
Under the terms of the agreement, Intra-Cellular Therapies has regained all worldwide development and commercialization rights for the compounds previously licensed to Takeda. Takeda will be responsible for transitioning the compounds back to Intra-Cellular Therapies and will not participate in future development or commercialization activities. After transition of the program, Intra-Cellular Therapies plans to continue the clinical development of PDE1 inhibitors for the treatment of central nervous system, cardiovascular and other disorders.
"We are grateful for Takeda's substantial efforts in advancing this program into clinical development," said Dr. Sharon Mates, Chairman and CEO of Intra-Cellular Therapies. "This provides us with the opportunity to unify our PDE1 platform and we look forward to continuing the development of ITI-214 and our other PDE1 inhibitors."
Intra-Cellular Therapies will discuss the PDE1 program in its previously announced earnings call on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. To participate in the conference call, please dial 844-835-6563 (U.S.) or 970-315-3916 (International) five to ten minutes prior to the start of the call. The participant passcode is 25568442.
About PDE1 Inhibitors
PDE1 inhibitors are unique, orally available, investigational drug candidates being developed for the treatment of cognitive impairments accompanying schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease and other neuropsychiatric disorders and neurological diseases and may also treat patients with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Parkinson's disease. These compounds may also have the potential to improve motor dysfunction associated with these conditions and may also have the potential to treat patients with multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases and pulmonary arterial hypertension. These compounds are very selective for the PDE1 subfamily relative to other PDE subfamilies. They have no known significant off target activities at other enzymes, receptors or ion channels.
About Intra-Cellular Therapies
Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc. (the "Company") is developing novel drugs for the treatment of neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disease and other disorders of the central nervous system ("CNS"). The Company is developing its lead drug candidate, ITI-007, for the treatment of schizophrenia, behavioral disturbances in dementia, bipolar disorder and other neuropsychiatric and neurological disorders. The Company is also utilizing its phosphodiesterase platform and other proprietary chemistry platforms to develop drugs for the treatment of CNS disorders.
This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to be materially different from historical results or from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include statements regarding, among other things, our proposed development plans for our portfolio of PDE1 inhibitors; our beliefs about the potential uses and benefits of PDE1 inhibitors; and our research and development efforts and plans under the caption "About Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc." All such forward-looking statements are based on management's present expectations and are subject to certain factors, risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results, outcome of events, timing and performance to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to the following: our current and planned clinical trials for ITI-007 and our other product candidates may not be successful or may take longer and be more costly than anticipated; product candidates that appeared promising in earlier research and clinical trials may not demonstrate safety and/or efficacy in larger-scale or later clinical trials; our reliance on collaborative partners and other third-parties for development and commercialization of our product candidates; and the other risk factors discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as any updates to those risk factors filed from time to time in our periodic and current reports. All statements contained in this press release are made only as of the date of this press release, and we do not intend to update this information unless required by law.
About Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
Located in Osaka, Japan, Takeda is a research-based global company with its main focus on pharmaceuticals. As the largest pharmaceutical company in Japan and one of the global leaders of the industry, Takeda is committed to strive towards better health for people worldwide through leading innovation in medicine. Additional information about Takeda is available through its corporate website, www.Takeda.com.
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CONTACT: For Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc. : Juan Sanchez, M.D. Vice President Corporate Communications and Investor Relations of Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc. 212-923-3344 Burns McClellan, Inc. Lisa Burns/Angeli Kolhatkar (Investors) Justin Jackson (Media) email@example.com 212-213-0006 For Takeda Pharmaceuticals Company Limited: Takeda Pharmaceuticals Company Limited Corporate Communications Dept. +81-3-3278-2037
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