Teva snaps up CoGenesys in $400M buyout

Teva has whetted at least part of its appetite for fresh acquisitions with the announcement this morning that it is buying CoGenesys for $400 million in cash. The Israeli generic drug company says the buyout will give it a better position to compete in the fledgling biogeneric field. CoGenesys has drug candidates in the pipeline for cardiovascular disease, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and autoimmune diseases. It uses technology that retains therapies in the body for a longer period of time, reducing dosage requirements.

"CoGenesys' acquisition reflects our commitment to capture the significant long-term prospects we believe the biogenerics market will offer," said Teva CEO Shlomo Yanai in a statement. CoGenesys was a 2007 Fierce 15 company.

- see this release
- read the AP report

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