(RTTNews.com) – Bio-pharmaceutical company Horizon Pharma plc Friday said it would acquire Crealta Holdings LLC for $510 million in cash, expanding its Orphan business, with the addition of KRYSTEXXA, the first and only FDA-approved medicine for chronic refractory gout.
The deal is expected to add $70 million – $80 million in net sales and $45 million – $50 million in adjusted EBITDA for Horizon, in the first twelve months, upon completion.
The acquisition, which is likely to close in the first quarter 2016 and approved by the boards of both companies, is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, including antitrust approval in the United States.
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.”