Purdue Research Foundation monetizes Pluvicto royalty interests to fund further research at Purdue University

Owl Rock, a division of Blue Owl, acquires rights to Pluvicto royalty

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. and NEW YORK, April 26, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Purdue Research Foundation, a private not-for-profit institute to advance the research of Purdue University, has received more than $100 million from Owl Rock, a division of Blue Owl Capital, for a portion of its royalty interest in Pluvicto (Lutetium 177Lu vipivotide tetraxetan). Purdue Research Foundation secured rights to royalties from Pluvicto as a result of Purdue’s license agreement with Endocyte Corp., which was acquired by Novartis in 2018.

This transaction helps Purdue Research Foundation advance its mission of investing in Purdue University’s innovative technologies and supports the university’s advancement.

Pluvicto is a radioligand therapy indicated to treat patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer who have failed multiple prior therapies. The therapy is also in development to treat prostate cancer in earlier lines of therapy.

"We feel privileged that the agreement with Blue Owl further strengthens Purdue's ability to support Purdue researchers and alumni through enhanced commercialization programs and funding opportunities,” said Brooke Beier, Senior Vice President of Purdue Innovates. “Purdue University researchers discover and develop innovations improving the world, one of the key aspects of a land-grant university. Pluvicto is one example of successful intellectual property protection, licensing and, ultimately, commercialization that we hope will unlock the potential for many more Purdue technologies to make an impact."

Sandip Agarwala, Managing Director and Global Head of Life Sciences, Blue Owl, said: “We are excited to partner with Purdue Research Foundation to assist it in fulfilling its mission of advancing technologies developed at Purdue University. Royalty transactions are a key component of Blue Owl’s broad and flexible investment strategy in the life sciences, and we see Pluvicto as a paradigm-shifting therapy for the treatment of patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer with blockbuster potential. We are encouraged to see the FDA expeditiously approving Novartis’ Milburn facility to help get this much-needed therapy to more patients.”

SVB Securities acted as PRF’s exclusive financial advisor, Foley Hoag LLP served as special counsel to PRF, and Ricardo Moran of Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, P.A., served as IP counsel to PRF for the royalty monetization. Ice Miller LLP and Cooley LLP acted as legal advisors to Blue Owl.

Purdue University President Mung Chiang said the royalty interest agreement with Blue Owl Capital strengthens the university’s global reputation in several ways.

“First, the income will add funds for leading-edge research and development of life-saving pharmaceuticals in units such as Department of Chemistry and Purdue Institute for Cancer Research,” he said. “Second, the agreement underscores the impact of the work of legendary Purdue innovator Philip Low, Purdue University’s Presidential Scholar for Drug Discovery and the Ralph C. Corley Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. The initial research into the precision targeted therapy began in his laboratory. And this latest success of Purdue invention demonstrates the promises of Purdue Innovates, the initiative that Purdue and PRF launched this month to further support Boilermaker inventors and entrepreneurs.”


About Purdue Research Foundation

The Purdue Research Foundation is a private, nonprofit foundation created to advance the mission of Purdue University. Established in 1930, the foundation accepts gifts; administers trusts; funds scholarships and grants; acquires and sells property; protects and licenses Purdue's intellectual property; and supports creating Purdue-connected startups on behalf of Purdue. The foundation operates Purdue Innovates which includes the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization, Incubator, Startup Foundry and Purdue Ventures. The foundation manages the Purdue Research Park, Discovery Park District, Purdue Technology Centers and Purdue for Life Foundation.

About Blue Owl Capital

Blue Owl is a global alternative asset manager with $138.2 billion of assets under management as of December 31, 2022. Anchored by a strong permanent capital base, the firm deploys private capital across Direct Lending, GP Capital Solutions and Real Estate strategies on behalf of Institutional and Private Wealth clients. Blue Owl's flexible, consultative approach helps position the firm as a partner of choice for businesses seeking capital solutions to support their sustained growth. The firm's management team is comprised of seasoned investment professionals with decades of experience building alternative investment businesses. Blue Owl employs over 545 people across 10 offices globally.

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Media contact: Alicia South-Hurt, absouth-hurt@prf.org


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