Ferring buys up PhIII microbiome drug with acquisition of Rebiotix
A Minnesota company working on a drug that could be the nation’s first pill packed with microbes has been snatched up by Swiss drug maker Ferring Pharmaceuticals.
The startup, called Rebiotix, was acquired in a deal that closed Wednesday with undisclosed terms. The company is developing a fecal microbiota transplant dubbed RBX-2660 that’s currently in Phase III trials. It’s being tested against an infection caused by C difficile, a bacteria that can induce symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon. The infection often occurs in older patients in hospitals or long-term care who happen to be taking antibiotics for a long period of time. Ironically, the standard treatment for C diff is to take the patient off the antibiotic that caused the infection… and then put them on another antibiotic.
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