BMS to acquire Cardioxyl Pharmaceuticals

Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) and Cardioxyl Pharmaceuticals anticipate the transaction to close during the fourth quarter of 2015


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BMS and Cardioxyl announced that the companies have signed a definitive agreement under which Bristol-Myers Squibb will acquire all of the issued and outstanding capital stock of Cardioxyl, a private biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of novel therapeutic agents for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

The acquisition will give Bristol-Myers Squibb full rights to Cardioxyl's lead asset CXL-1427, a novel nitroxyl (HNO) donor (prodrug) in Phase 2 clinical development as an intravenous treatment for acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF).

The transaction includes upfront and near-term milestone payments of up to $300 million and potential additional consideration of up to $1.775 billion upon the achievement of certain development, regulatory and sales milestones.

The transaction, which is expected to be dilutive to 2015 GAAP EPS by approximately $0.12, with minimal dilution to non-GAAP EPS in both 2015 and 2016, has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies.

CXL-1427 releases nitroxyl, a molecule that has demonstrated beneficial effects on heart muscle and vascular function.


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