AstraZeneca PLC said on Monday that it has signed a deal with Allergan PLC AGN, +0.05% worth up to $1.52 billion through its global biologics research and development unit.
The bio-pharmaceutical company said that under the deal, Allergan will have the global rights to an antibody for Crohn’s disease.
Allergan will pay upfront $250 million, but it may also make some payments to AstraZeneca worth up to $1.27 billion, depending on how good the sales of the antibody are, the company said.
By Olga Cotaga
A monkeypox outbreak is emerging in the U.S. and Europe, and at least one country is amping up countermeasure preparedness. Bavarian Nordic has secured a contract with an unnamed European country to supply its smallpox vaccine, called Imvanex in Europe, in response to the emergence of monkeypox cases, the Danish company said Thursday.
Moderna’s recent chief financial officer debacle—in which Jorge Gomez departed on his second day on the job—raised questions about the company’s hiring process given its rush to global biopharma prominence. The most obvious one: How was it possible for Gomez to be hired when he was under investigation by his previous employer, Dentsply Sirona of Charlotte, N.C.
Merck & Co. is plucking a cancer project from the branch of Chinese-based Kelun Pharmaceutical for up to $1.4 billion, but details from the New Jersey-based Big Pharma have been hard to come by. The deal, first disclosed Monday on the Shenzhen stock exchange, has Merck handing over $47 million in upfront cash in exchange for ex-China rights to a “macromolecular tumor project.”