EI/ERIM Operations Research Lunch Seminar: R&D Project Valuation and Licensing Negotiations at Phytopharm plc



On Thursday December 7th, Edwin Romeijn from the University of Florida and Zeger Degraeve from London Business School will be the next speakers in the OR lunch seminar series. You are cordially invited to attend the presentations. Details of the presentations are given below.It is possible to attend one of the presentations. The presentation by Edwin Romeijn will start at 12.30 hrs and the presentation by Zeger Degraeve will start at 13.15 hrs. Remember that this is a lunch meeting. For ordering the right amount of sandwiches, coffee, tea and milk, do let us know before Tuesday December 5th whether you will be present at (one of) the presentations. We hope to welcome all of you.

Send an email to:  wvandenheuvel@few.eur.nl or rnicolai@few.eur.nl

R&D Project Valuation and Licensing Negotiations at Phytopharm plc

We describe an R&D project valuation model developed for Phytopharm plc, an emerging pharmaceutical company based in Cambridge, UK.  The model allows the company to value the projects in its R&D portfolio, and is used for licensing negotiations with potential product development and marketing partners.  It is based on different valuation methods, including Net Present Value, Decision Analysis and Monte Carlo Simulation.  We take into account the technological risks during the development phases of pharmaceutical products, as well as the uncertainty in terms of commercial success.  In addition to determining a value for a product in development, the model also proposes appropriate contract structures for licensing purposes.  A typical pharmaceutical licensing contract specifies milestone payments and royalties, to be paid by the licensee to the licensor.  The contract structures adhere to an agreed-upon equitable split of the project value between the two parties.  The model also generates critical information during the negotiation meetings in terms of break-even analyses, trade-offs and bargaining zones.  It was used by Phytopharm during 2004 in its licensing negotiations for a novel product for the dietary control of obesity, which was licensed in December 2004 to Unilever, a multinational food company.  Phytopharm is currently deploying the model for its entire project portfolio.

Contact information:
Wilco van den Heuvel

Tel: (+31) 10 4081260

Fax: (+31) 10 4089162
E-mail: wvandenheuvel@few.eur.nl
Robin Nicolai
E-mail: rnicolai@few.eur.nl