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Bristol-Myers Squibb to acquire Cardioxyl Pharmaceuticals

3 November 2015  •  Author: Victoria White

Bristol-Myers Squibb has announced that it is to acquire Cardioxyl Pharmaceuticals, a private biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of novel therapeutic agents for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

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The acquisition will give Bristol-Myers Squibb full rights to Cardioxyl’s lead asset CXL-1427. 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 has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies.

CXL-1427, in Phase 2 clinical development as an intravenous treatment for acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF), releases nitroxyl, a molecule that has demonstrated beneficial effects on heart muscle and vascular function. Preclinical and early clinical data indicate that CXL-1427 improves how the heart muscle contracts and relaxes without increasing heart rate or the demand for oxygen. Current therapies for ADHF that improve heart muscle function produce an increase in heart rate and/or oxygen consumption, and are associated with an increased risk for ischemia, arrhythmias and increased mortality.

Cardioxyl acquisition strengths Bristol-Myers Squibb’s heart failure pipeline

“The acquisition of Cardioxyl strengthens Bristol-Myers Squibb’s heart failure pipeline with a Phase 2 asset that has the potential to change the course of the disease rather than simply treating the symptoms,” said Francis Cuss, MB BChir, FRCP, executive vice president and chief scientific officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “Bristol-Myers Squibb is uniquely positioned, with our understanding of patient needs in the hospital setting and our heritage in cardiovascular diseases, to continue development of CXL-1427 as a potential new therapy to address the clinical and economic burden of heart failure.”

“We are excited about the breadth of drug development capabilities and cardiovascular expertise that Bristol-Myers Squibb will bring to the nitroxyl donor programme,” said Christopher A. Kroeger, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Cardioxyl. “Heart failure is an important and under-served therapeutic area and we believe Bristol-Myers Squibb is the optimal partner to bring new therapeutic options to the patients who need them.”

Bristol-Myers Squibb and Cardioxyl anticipate the transaction will close during the fourth quarter of 2015.

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