Restless Seattle Genetics snaps up a pivotal-stage cancer drug with $614M Cascadian buyout pact
After getting snubbed last year on a major collaboration with Immunomedics, Seattle Genetics $SGEN CEO Clay Siegall has bounced back with a $614 million deal to acquire crosstown biotech Cascadian Therapeutics $CASC, now in a pivotal Phase II with a new breast cancer therapy.
Cascadian stock, which closed yesterday at $5.90, immediately soared 68% for $9.90 in pre-market trading.
You may remember this company better under its old name, Oncothyreon, after it executed a series of painful missteps — Stimuvax, for example, one of several cancer vaccine duds — that made a new name and a new CEO in Scott Myers logical.
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