Progenics Acquires AZEDRA® (iobenguane I 131) Radiopharmaceutical Manufacturing Facility

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NEW YORK, Feb. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:PGNX), an oncology company developing innovative medicines and imaging analysis technology for targeting and treating cancer, today announced that it has acquired the Somerset, NJ manufacturing facility for AZEDRA (iobenguane I 131) for cash consideration of $8.0 million. AZEDRA is the first and only FDA-approved radiopharmaceutical indicated for the treatment of pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma, ultra-rare cancers.

This Somerset site serves as the launch facility for AZEDRA and will also provide manufacturing support for the Company’s development stage radiopharmaceuticals, including 1095.  The production of AZEDRA uses a proprietary Ultratrace process which concentrates the MIBG targeted radiolytic activity by eliminating non-therapeutic “cold” MIBG molecules, giving AZEDRA a uniquely high specific activity.   

Progenics has also secured the long-term supply of iodine necessary for the production of both AZEDRA and 1095. 

“This strategic transaction extends our leadership position in radiopharmaceuticals, establishing the infrastructure and manufacturing capabilities to label multiple types of isotopes, including iodine-131,” stated Mark Baker, CEO of Progenics. “With this transaction, we are building the capabilities to ensure the supply of AZEDRA.” 

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Globe Newswire: 13:30 GMT Monday 11th February 2019

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