Eli Lilly and Company and POINT Biopharma Global, Inc. today announced a definitive agreement for Lilly to acquire POINT, a radiopharmaceutical company with a pipeline of clinical and preclinical-stage radioligand therapies in development for the treatment of cancer. Radioligand therapy can enable the precise targeting of cancer by linking a radioisotope to a targeting molecule that delivers radiation directly to cancer cells, enabling significant anti-tumor efficacy while limiting the impact to healthy tissue.
POINT's lead programs are in late-phase development. PNT20021 is a prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) targeted radioligand therapy in development for patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) after progression on hormonal treatment. Topline data from this study are expected in the fourth quarter of 2023. PNT20031 is a somatostatin receptor (SSTR) targeted radioligand therapy in development for the treatment of patients with gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs). Beyond the late-stage clinical pipeline, POINT has several additional programs in earlier stages of clinical and preclinical development. Additionally, POINT operates a 180,000-square-foot radiopharmaceutical manufacturing campus in Indianapolis, as well as a radiopharmaceutical research and development center in Toronto. These facilities will be utilized alongside POINT's extensive network of supply chain partners for sourcing radioisotopes and their precursors.
Lilly will commence a tender offer to acquire all outstanding shares of POINT for a purchase price of $12.50 per share in cash (an aggregate of approximately $1.4 billion) payable at closing. The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies.
The transaction is not subject to any financing condition and is expected to close near the end of 2023, subject to customary closing conditions, including the tender of a majority of the outstanding shares of POINT's common stock, and license transfer approval from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Following the successful closing of the tender offer, Lilly will acquire any shares of POINT that are not tendered in the tender offer through a second-step merger at the same consideration as paid in the tender offer.