Novartis Will Acquire A Nektar Business | October 27, 2008 Issue - Vol. 86 Issue 43 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 86 Issue 43 | p. 17 | Concentrates
Issue Date: October 27, 2008

Novartis Will Acquire A Nektar Business

Department: Business

Novartis has agreed to acquire Nektar Therapeutics' pulmonary drug delivery business for $115 million in cash. The deal includes a facility in San Carlos, Calif., which employs about 140 people. Novartis says it will use Nektar technology to advance the development of drugs for diseases such as asthma and cystic fibrosis. Nektar's technology was used in Pfizer's Exubera inhaled insulin until Pfizer pulled the drug from the market last year. Nektar says it will focus on drugs that use its PEGylation and conjugate chemistry technologies.

 
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