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Novartis in $1.6 bln deal for Ionis, Akcea drugs

January 9, 2017
Life sciences

Novartis AG has agreed to pay up to $1.6 billion to Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc. and its unit Akcea Therapeutics for the rights to two cardiovascular drugs.

The deal involves an upfront payment to Iona and Akcea of $75 million plus a $100 million equity investment in Iona. Novartis has also agreed to invest a further $50 million in either Ionis or Akcea within 18 months, as well as payments worth up to $1.4 billion should the drugs prove successful.

Both drugs aim to lower the level of cholesterol-carrying proteins in the blood and reduce the risk of certain cardiovascular diseases developing.

By Denise Roland

Source: MarketWatch

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