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
16.12.2014 Two consortia combined of 144 European companies, research institutes and universities have been selected for funding by the EIT in the areas of health and raw materials. Both clusters are set to acquire €1.1bn over the next seven years.
10.12.2014 When it comes to the biggest investors in Research and Development (R&D) Swiss pharma top dogs Novartis and Roche have defended their positioning among the top ten companies worldwide – according to a recently published EU study.
05.12.2014 Austrian contract research company VTU has entered into a development and commercialisation agreement with US company RCT. The partners want to combine both companies' Pichia pastoris protein production technologies under VTU's roof.
03.12.2014 Danish biotech pharma Ascendis has successfully completed a €48m Series D financing round. The funding is expected to support its late-stage clinical trials to push its lead drug into Phase III trials.