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
Airnov provides critical healthcare industries with high-quality, controlled atmosphere packaging, to protect their products from moisture and oxygen. The business has manufacturing facilities in the USA, France, China and India and employs around 700 people.
Takeda of Japan has partnered with Hong Kong-based Hutchmed, gaining the commercial rights to colorectal cancer drug fruquintinib outside of China for $400 million up front, plus $730 million in potential milestone payments. Takeda also will help develop fruquintinib, which can be applied to subtypes of refractory metastatic colorectal cancer, regardless of biomarker status, the companies said.
On April 3, Scangos, who’s been chief executive officer at Vir since the start of 2017, will hand over the reins to Marianne De Backer, Ph.D. De Backer comes over from Bayer, where she currently heads up pharmaceutical strategy, business development and licensing. Alongside her CEO appointment, De Backer is set to join Vir’s board of directors, the company said Wednesday.