Novartis AG is acquiring biotech company The Medicines Company for $9.7 billion
Novartis AG is acquiring The Medicines Company, a biopharmaceutical company focused on addressing cardiovascular disease, $9.7 billion. The all-cash transaction is expected to be completed in first quarter of 2020. The Medicines Company is the maker of the Inclisiran, and investigational, innovative, potent twice-annual therapy to lower LDL cholesterol, has potential to transform treatment of cardiovascular disease.
The New York-based The Medicines Company was founded in 1996. The company is developing a therapy based on Nobel Prize-winning science that is designed to be the first cholesterol-lowering medicine in the small interfering RNA (siRNA) class.
“Our company’s singular, relentless focus and the unwavering commitment of our employees have led to this opportunity to unlock the intrinsic value of inclisiran for patients and to maximize value for our shareholders,” said Mark Timney, Chief Executive Officer of The Medicines Company. “We are excited that millions of patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and familial hypercholesterolemia will potentially benefit from this transformational therapy.”
Alexander J. Denner, Ph.D., Chairman of The Medicines Company Board of Directors, said: “This $9.7 billion transaction is a great outcome for shareholders of The Medicines Company. Not so long ago, The Medicines Company was at a crossroads due to the loss of its key revenue driver. I am proud of the company’s transformation under a reconstituted board into a lean, highly focused team successfully advancing an exciting new therapy and creating tremendous value for patients and shareholders.”
“We recognized the innovative promise of inclisiran and focused the company’s resources to advance it from early development through phase 3 in ‘record’ time for the benefit of patients. Inclisiran has the potential to revolutionize the treatment of cardiovascular disease and profoundly improve the lives of millions of people around the world.”
Dr. Denner continued, “Our vision for inclisiran is an affordable, widely available treatment that will dramatically reduce both the medical and economic burden of cardiovascular disease. Given the enormous capital required to realize its full potential, we have decided to sell to a company with resources and scale in excess of ours.”
“On behalf of the board, I thank our outstanding management team and talented employees for their tireless work and dedication. I would also like to thank our partner Alnylam whose gracious support was invaluable in consummating this transaction.”
Completion of the transaction is expected in first quarter of 2020, pending the successful completion of the tender offer and other customary closing conditions. Until that time, The Medicines Company will continue to operate as a separate and independent company. The company expects to file regulatory submissions for inclisiran in the U.S. in the fourth quarter of 2019 and in Europe in the first quarter of 2020.
Founded in 1996, Novartis International AG is a Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company based in Basel, Switzerland. It is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies by both market capitalization and sales.