Astellas to acquire Ogeda SA
Tokyo, Japan, and Gosselies, Belgium: 2 April 2017 – Astellas Pharma Inc. (TSE: 4503, President and CEO: Yoshihiko Hatanaka) and Ogeda SA (CEOFJean Combalbert) announced today that Astellas and Ogeda shareholders have entered into a definitive agreement under which Astellas has agreed to acquire Ogeda a privately owned drug discovery company. Ogeda is a clinical-stage drug discovery company that discovers and develops small molecule drugs targeting G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs). The lead investigational candidate, fezolinetant, is a selective NK3 receptor antagonist, and the positive data from a Phase 2a study result for the non-hormonal treatment of menopause-related vasomotor symptoms was announced in January 2017. This transaction expands Astellas’ late stage pipeline and is expected to contribute to its mid-to-long term growth.
Under the agreement, Astellas has agreed to pay up to a total of € 800 million. Astellas will make an initial payment of € 500 million in consideration of 100% of the equity in Ogeda at the closing of the transaction. Then Ogeda shareholders will be eligible to receive an additional € 300 million with attainment of certain clinical development and regulatory milestones for fezolinetant. Upon completion of the transaction, Ogeda would become a wholly owned subsidiary of Astellas. The closing of the transaction is subject to certain conditions, including the expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of the United States, and is expected to be finalized in the second quarter of 2017.
More info on Ogeda’s website.