24.04.2012 - AstraZeneca offers Ardea Biosciences’ stock owners in total $1.26bn. A successful merger would add a kidney drug to its portfolio.
Stockholm – Swedish-British pharma giant AstraZeneca plc wants to buy Californian biotech company Ardea Biosciences Inc. On April 23, the companies entered into a definitive merger agreement. According to AstraZeneca’s offer, Ardea stock owners would receive $32 for each share certificate – a 54% increase when compared with last Friday’s closing call. This means a total cash value of $1.26bn. The transaction will be accomplished in Q2 or Q3. Ardea’s Board has recommended its stock owners to approve the deal.
Ardea, from San Diego, is a specialist in small-molecule therapeutics. AstraZeneca is especially keen on an Ardea development currently in Phase III – the inhibitor of the URAT1 transporter lesinurad (RDEA594). It is a remedy against hyperuricaemia in patients with gout. In the ongoing clinical trials, lesinurad is tested for its potential as add-on treatment to both allopurinol and febuxostat – plus as monotherapy for patients intolerant to these two off-the-shelf drugs. However, the filings for a New Drug Application in the US and a Marketing Authorisation Application in the EU are only planned for the first half of 2014.
Lesinurad is a first-in-class selective inhibitor of URAT1, a uric acid transporter in the proximal tubules of the kidney. In exchange for anions, URAT1 transports uric acid molecules back into the blood. Inhibiting the transporter leads to reduced reabsorption and alleviated hyperuricaemia
25.11.2014 The European biotech IPO slump has finally come to an end. A brand new industry report shows that compared to previous years, the number of biotech IPOs more than doubled in 2014, with London and Paris exchanges leading the pack.
19.11.2014 It’s not every day that a company is pushed into the top ten of its sector, but that day has come for Actavis. Christmas came early for the new pharma giant after completing a US$66bn (€53bn) takeover battle for the Botox manufacturer Allergan.
18.11.2014 Merck KGaA and US rival Pfizer have signed a immuno-oncology alliance worth billions: Merck will share the development and commercialisation of its cancer antibody with its US partner – for €2.3bn.
14.11.2014 Cosily coinciding with World Diabetes Day on 14th November, French biopharma Les Laboratories Servier has struck a US$1bn deal with US pharma Intarcia Therapeutics for the exclusive rights to Intarcia’s unprecedented therapy for type 2 diabetes.
12.11.2014 Glitz and glamour are not words often used to describe science and mathematics. But once a year, celebrities from the science and showbiz world come together at the Breakthough Prizes, a glitzy television bash that honours scientists for their achievements. French life scientist Emmanuelle Charpentier was among this year’s winners.
04.11.2014 Galecto Biotech has entered an agreement with Bristol-Myers Squibb for the acquisition of the company and its lead drug, providing the Swedish company with the potential of reaching over US$400m.