Ferring & Blackstone Life Sciences invest $570m in bladder cancer therapy

Ferring Pharmaceuticals and Blackstone Life Sciences are jointly investing more than $570 million in an investigational novel gene therapy in late stage development for patients with non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC).

FerGene, a new gene therapy company and Ferring subsidiary, has been created to potentially commercialise nadofaragene firadenovec in the US and to advance the global clinical development.

FerGene’s goal is to bring this promising therapy to a patient population which has seen little improvement in their standard of care over the past twenty years.

Blackstone will invest $400 million and Ferring will invest up to $170 million in FerGene. Ferring will also potentially launch and commercialize nadofaragene firadenovec outside of the US.

Nadofaragene firadenovec, currently in late Phase 3 development, has been granted Breakthrough Therapy designation and had its Biologics License Application accepted for filing and granted Priority Review by the FDA.

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