Pearsanta Inc., a subsidiary of Aditxt Inc. formed in Feb. 2023, acquired MDNA Life Sciences Inc. for $25 million in stock, marking Aditxt’s second deal announced in a month. The company moved into the women’s health market with the $100 million planned acquisition of Evofem Biosciences Inc., maker of the contraceptive gel Phexxi, which it reported on Dec. 12.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have issued the final version of their updated merger guidelines for corporations, concluding a process that took a scant six months to complete following the issuance of the draft.
Japanese specialty global pharma Kyowa Kirin Co. Ltd. has agreed to buy out Orchard Therapeutics plc in a $387.4 million cash takeover that could jump $90 million to reach $477.6 million, contingent on the pending U.S. FDA approval of its EU-approved gene therapy, Libmeldy (atidarsagene autotemcel).
Harmony Biosciences Holdings Inc.’s agreement to acquire Zynerba Pharmaceuticals Inc. for $60 million cash plus as much as $140 million in contingent value rights (CVRs) didn’t register as one of the larger potential outlays recently, but Wall Street had questions about the term sheet just the same. Plymouth Meeting, Pa.-based Harmony is paying about $1.10 per share in cash for Zynerba, of Devon, Pa., plus one non-tradeable CVR tied to clinical, regulatory and sales milestones.
Swedish Orphan Biovitrum (Sobi) AB is offering a hefty 95% premium to shareholders in CTI Biopharma Corp., as it tables a $9.10-per-share cash offer for the company, which implies a total equity valuation of $1.7 billion. Shares in Seattle-based CTI (NASDAQ:CTIC) had closed May 9 at $4.82 but surged 85% to close at $8.93 during trading May 10. The premium calculation is based on CTI’s 30-day volume-weighted average trading price of $4.67 prior to the deal announcement.
As Merck & Co. Inc.’s whopper proposal to take over Prometheus Biosciences Inc. for $10.8 billion faded from the ever-churning headlines, officials of the pharma heavyweight set about answering questions with regard to plans for the newly gained PRA-023, a humanized monoclonal antibody that targets tumor necrosis factor-like ligand 1A (TL1A).
Pfizer Inc. is to buy Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc. for $6.7 billion, adding a potential follow-up to inflammatory diseases pill Xeljanz (tofacitinib) to its pipeline plus several other potential medicines targeting gastroenterology, dermatology and cardiology.