DUBLIN, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Navidea Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE American: NAVB) (“Navidea” or the “Company”), a company focused on the development of precision immunodiagnostic agents and immunotherapeutics, today announced the results of a third-party asset valuation of its Rheumatoid Arthritis (“RA”) diagnostic product candidate.
The Company engaged the independent third-party valuation firm, LifeSci Partners (LifeSci Advisors, LLC), to perform a U.S.-focused market research valuation of its advanced pipeline product Tc99m tilmanocept for prediction of treatment efficacy of anti-TNFα therapy in RA. A summary of the valuation report and the assumptions on which it is based is available on the Company’s website, www.navidea.com.
The Company is advancing its program evaluating Tc99m tilmanocept imaging, a radiopharmaceutical that selectively targets the CD206 receptor expressed on activated macrophages, for indications in RA. A previously completed Phase 2B study demonstrated results in support of the hypotheses that Tc99m tilmanocept imaging can provide robust, quantitative imaging in healthy controls and in patients with active RA, and that this imaging can provide an early indicator of treatment efficacy in patients with active RA. The planned Phase 3 trial will evaluate the ability of Tc99m tilmanocept imaging to serve as an early predictor of treatment response in RA patients switching to an anti-TNFα therapy.
The valuation report used cited research and assumptions believed to conform to industry best practices. Under base-case assumptions that are discussed in the report, peak U.S. sales could reach $1 billion annually, and in the upside scenario peak annual U.S. sales could reach $1.8 billion. Opportunities for added value include possible indication expansion to other classes of RA therapeutics, registration of Tc99m tilmanocept imaging as a biomarker of activated macrophages in the joints of patients with RA, and expansion into additional geographic areas.
Dr. Michael Rosol, Navidea’s Chief Medical Officer, said, “This report provides a third-party assessment of the potential commercial value of Tc99m tilmanocept in the U.S. market. We have released this in the spirit of transparency, while also giving investors a view into the company’s internal rigor in evaluating investments in the product pipeline.” Dr. Rosol continued, “We believe we are on the right path to bringing a valuable tool to bear to meet a large unmet medical need in patients with RA. Success would mean that we can provide rheumatologists and those suffering with RA a noninvasive, quantifiable, early indicator of whether or not an anti-TNFα treatment is working. This could bring enormous benefit to these patients by assisting physicians in putting them on the right course of treatment earlier than is possible today.”
Navidea Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE American: NAVB) is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of precision immunodiagnostic agents and immunotherapeutics. Navidea is developing multiple precision-targeted products based on its Manocept™ platform to enhance patient care by identifying the sites and pathways of disease and enable better diagnostic accuracy, clinical decision-making, and targeted treatment. Navidea’s Manocept platform is predicated on the ability to specifically target the CD206 mannose receptor expressed on activated macrophages. The Manocept platform serves as the molecular backbone of Tc99m tilmanocept, the first product developed and commercialized by Navidea based on the platform. Navidea’s strategy is to deliver superior growth and shareholder return by bringing to market novel products and advancing the Company’s pipeline through global partnering and commercialization efforts. For more information, please visit www.navidea.com.
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