Yesterday, Juno Therapeutics and Celgene announced a ten year collaboration that is expected to close in July-August. In short, Celgene has exclusive right to entire the Juno portfolio in oncology and auto-immune cell therapy products in development outside North America and co-promote certain programs globally (not specified). Juno, meanwhile, gains the option to co-develop and co-promote select Celgene programs (also not specified).
You can see the terms of the deal here.
And listen to the webcast from the call after hours.
This news comes hot on the foot of an earlier announcement that the FDA accepted the Juno IND for JCAR017, a CD19 CAR T cell therapy being developed in relapsed/refractory NHL scheduled to initiate in 2015, with the possibility of a registration trial commencing in 2016.
What was fascinating, however, was the BioTwitter reactions last night – predictably, people either loved or hated the news – it clearly came as a surprise to many.
This morning my inbox is full of questions on this dramatic topic from subscribers, so here are some topline thoughts on this issue to answer the questions coming in.