Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today the acquisition of the investigational compound GSK2336805, an NS5a replication complex inhibitor in Phase 2 development for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C, from an affiliate of GlaxoSmithKline plc. Janssen has acquired all rights to develop and commercialize GSK2336805, including in combination with other drugs. Financial details of the agreement have not been disclosed.
Janssen plans to initiate Phase 2 studies to evaluate the use of GSK2336805 in interferon-free combinations with the investigational protease inhibitor simeprevir (TMC435) and TMC647055, Janssen’s non-nucleoside polymerase inhibitor, for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C in adult patients with compensated liver disease.
“We’re excited to add GSK2336805 to our existing portfolio of direct-acting antivirals (DAAs). This addition will broaden our clinical development program as we continue to look for new investigational interferon-free treatment combinations to combat the hepatitis C virus,” said Gaston Picchio, Hepatitis Disease Area Leader, Janssen. “Janssen is dedicated to working with the hepatitis C community to investigate our portfolio of DAAs in a number of different treatment combinations and hepatitis C patient populations.” About GSK2336805 GSK2336805 is an investigational once-daily NS5a replication complex inhibitor in Phase 2 development for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C in adult patients with compensated liver disease, including all stages of liver fibrosis.