Merck KGaA sells off its biosimilars portfolio in €670M deal; uniQure boosted by PRIME; Struggling Ophthotech gets new CEO
→ With its new approval for the checkpoint drug avelumab in the bank, so to speak, Merck KGaA has completed a deal to sell off its portfolio of biosimilars. The German Merck says Fresenius is bagging the lot for €170 million upfront and €500 million more in milestones. Biosimilars are starting to stack up as the first wave of knockoffs arrive in the US. And that might explain a relatively modest upfront for these drugs. “We have increasing confidence in our Biopharma pipeline and this transaction will help prioritize innovative drug development of high quality and first-to-market best-in-disease assets,” commented Belén Garijo, member of the Executive Board of Merck KGaA and CEO of their Healthcare unit: “The partnership with Fresenius will allow us to exploit our Biosimilars portfolio to full potential while granting us a substantial return on prior investments.”
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