Pfizer scoops up Arena and its S1P drug in $6.7B buyout — chasing Bristol Myers and capping a lengthy biotech turnaround
When Bristol Myers Squibb celebrated the approval of ozanimod — branded Zeposia — in ulcerative colitis earlier this year, the company touted the first gastrointestinal indication for an S1P receptor modulator.
Now Pfizer wants to give the pharma rival a run for its money.
Pfizer is dropping $6.7 billion to acquire Arena Pharmaceuticals, whose lead drug, etrasimod, targets the sphingosine 1-phosphate receptor.
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