Under pressure, Peter Hecht splits Ironwood into two biotechs, spinning out an R&D operation
Ironwood $IRWD is splitting up its business into two distinct halves, spinning out a pipeline of early- and mid-stage drugs into a separate, publicly traded biotech company while keeping its marketed products and related development projects in house at a scaled down, and more profitable, mother company.
In a bid to create “two focused, growth companies,” CEO Peter Hecht is keeping its two approved drugs, linaclotide (Linzess) and lesinurad (Zurampic), at Ironwood, along with IW-3718, an experimental therapy for persistent gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) with Phase III trials expected to launch in the third quarter of this year.
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