Ayala Pharmaceuticals, Founded by Israel Biotech Fund, aMoon and Harel Insurance, Enters Exclusive Worldwide License Agreement with Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) to Develop Cancer Treatments
Ayala Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing targeted cancer therapies, announced today that they have entered into an exclusive worldwide license agreement with Bristol-Myers Squibb for two gamma secretase inhibitors in development for the treatment of cancers with altered Notch genes. Under the terms of the license agreement, Ayala will have exclusive worldwide development and commercialization rights for BMS-906024 and BMS-986115, two gamma secretase inhibitors previously developed by BMS as a Notch inhibitor for oncology indications. In connection with the license, BMS received an upfront payment, became a shareholder of Ayala, and is eligible to receive certain development, regulatory, and sales-based milestones, as well as tiered annual net sales royalties. Ayala is responsible for all future development and commercialization of BMS-906024 and BMS-986115. Israel Biotech Fund identified the opportunity, led the due diligence and syndicated with aMoon and Harel Insurance in 2017 to form Ayala. The new company intends to develop BMS-906024 as a precision medicine for niche orphan patient populations harboring Notch activating mutations.