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AstraZeneca to buy Fusion Pharmaceuticals for up to $2.4 Billion

March 30, 2024
Life sciences

AstraZeneca has agreed to acquire Fusion Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing next-generation radioconjugates (RCs).

With this acquisition, AstraZeneca complements its portfolio with Fusion’s pipeline of RCs, including their most advanced program, FPI-2265, a potential new treatment for patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC).

RCs have emerged as a promising modality in cancer treatment over recent years. These medicines deliver a radioactive isotope directly to cancer cells through precise targeting using molecules such as antibodies, peptides or small molecules.

Susan Galbraith, AstraZeneca’s executive vice president, Oncology R&D, said: “Between thirty and fifty per cent of patients with cancer today receive radiotherapy at some point during treatment, and the acquisition of Fusion furthers our ambition to transform this aspect of care with next-generation radioconjugates. Together with Fusion, we have an opportunity to accelerate the development of FPI-2265 as a potential new treatment for prostate cancer, and to harness their innovative actinium-based platform to develop radioconjugates as foundational regimens.”

John Valliant, CEO of Fusion, added: “Expanding on our existing collaboration with AstraZeneca where we have advanced FPI-2068, an EGFR-cMET targeted radioconjugate into Phase I clinical trials, gives us a unique opportunity to accelerate the development of next-generation radioconjugates with the aim of transforming patient outcomes.”

Fusion will become a wholly owned subsidiary of AstraZeneca, with operations continuing in Canada and the US.

Source: chemanager-online.com

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