Boehringer Ingelheim and Click Therapeutics announced on December 19, that they will expand their existing collaboration to develop and commercialize a second prescription-based digital therapeutic (PDT) for schizophrenia.
A novel mobile application to help people with schizophrenia
The companies will work on a novel mobile application, which combines multiple clinically validated therapeutic interventions for use alone and in combination with pharmaceutical therapy to help people with schizophrenia achieve positive clinical outcomes. The collaboration aims to offer additional treatment options to those living with schizophrenia, where there remains a significant unmet need due to a lack of access to psychosocial intervention therapies.
The additional prescription digital therapeutic under the extended partnership builds on development and clinical successes together with key patient insights gained under the companies’ existing collaboration, which has been in effect since September 2020. The CT-155 program has achieved all development milestones to-date and generated supportive data across clinical learning studies in advance of an upcoming pivotal registration study. The companies are pursuing this new therapy after recognizing that a comprehensive treatment strategy for schizophrenia would benefit from a multi-product approach.
Click Therapeutics to receive up to USD 460 million under the terms of the agreement
Under the agreement, Click Therapeutics will receive an upfront payment, funding for research and development activities as well as clinical, regulatory and commercial milestone payments up to a total of USD 460 million, plus tiered royalties.
Nedim Pipic, MD, Corporate Vice President, Therapeutic Area Head CNS, Retinopathies & Emerging Areas, Boehringer Ingelheim, stated:
“We are very excited to expand our collaboration with Click Therapeutics and further tap into their expertise in developing efficacious and engaging digital therapeutics. This brings us an important step closer to our aim of developing holistic mental health solutions for patients in need. It opens new horizons on our journey toward advancing mental healthcare by combining pharmacotherapies with newly emerging digital technologies”.
David Benshoof Klein, CEO, Click Therapeutics, said:
“Our collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim offers significant potential to bring new digital treatment options to a currently underserved patient population.”
“Our teams share a passion to pursue new, groundbreaking approaches to treatment and a mission to make a difference for patients. We are thrilled to expand our relationship with Boehringer Ingelheim to additional treatments within schizophrenia.”
Cornelia Dorner-Ciossek, Ph.D., Digital Health Lead at Boehringer Ingelheim, added:
“With this new project we are addressing symptoms of patients for which no scalable treatment approaches exist today. Seeing the pipeline of PDTs growing reflects our commitment to mental health. We are excited to realize the potential of complementing pharmacological therapy with digital solutions to transform the lives of patients.”
Austin Speier, Chief Strategy Officer, Click Therapeutics, stated:
“Expanding our successful partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim enables our team to build on the experience and insights gathered with CT-155 and further expand the scope of our digital therapeutics platform. This growing collaboration is a testament to the progress we have achieved so far working together and creates the inspiring opportunity to expand CT-155 into a seamless digital therapy suite that can deliver meaningful outcomes to people living with schizophrenia.”
Schizophrenia is one of the 15 leading causes of disability worldwide, with approximately half of all patients exhibiting co-occurring mental and/or behavioral health disorders. It is a serious mental health condition that alters a person’s perception of reality and impacts how they think, feel, and behave, and people diagnosed with schizophrenia can remain functionally impaired due to insufficiently treated negative symptoms, including cognitive deficits and limited social functioning. Treatment guidelines recommend tailored psychosocial intervention therapies, however, access to these interventions is limited. Providing novel, digital therapeutic options has the potential to significantly improve treatment and positively impact health and patient’s quality of life.