Embattled biotech Ariad Pharmaceuticals has signed a deal with Japan's Otsuka to trade the Asian rights to its top cancer drug in exchange for $77.5 million and the promise of more down the line.
Avanir, which agreed to sell itself to Otsuka earlier this week for $3.5 billion, may have been able to snag another price, some analysts figure. Problem is, it may too late to do anything about it.
Otsuka's patent cliff is coming, with the expiration date on best-seller Abilify's IP shield just around the corner. But now, the Japanese pharma has signed a $3.5 billion agreement to pick up Avanir Pharmaceuticals that could help soften the blow.
Avanir has made something of a reputation for itself by mixing a pair of generics--a cough suppressant and an old heart medicine--into a new elixir that can calm an emotional outburst. And Japan's Otsuka has stepped in to snap up the company, its product and a pipeline of repurposed meds for a hefty $3.5 billion.
Horizon Discovery, which makes its money providing development expertise to drugmakers, has signed a deal with Otsuka Pharmaceutical to apply its technology to some early-phase treatments.
Bayer's pharma division has a new president with a big task ahead of him. A week after the company announced its current leader, Andreas Fibig, would jump ship, Bayer says it's chosen an Otsuka Pharmaceutical executive to take the post.
The vaccine, which is designed to work through early inhibition of amyloid beta depositions, is due to enter Phase I trials next year.
It's a "he said, she said" situation over the true value of Astex Pharmaceuticals. An activist shareholder has thrown up a roadblock for a proposed $886 million bid from Otsuka that it thinks is too low, accusing Astex of failing to reach out to all potential bidders--claims the company denies.
Friday, the EU's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) recommended 11 new drugs for a variety of diseases--the most nods it's given in a single meeting all year.
Just a few days after Astex reported positive mid-stage data on a lead cancer therapy, Japan's Otsuka has snapped up the U.S. biotech and its slate of experimental cancer drugs for $886 million cash. Astex shares soared yesterday afternoon as the news spread ahead of the official announcement.