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Dainippon Will Buy Boston Biomedical

by Michael McCoy
March 5, 2012 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 90, ISSUE 10

Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma has agreed to acquire Boston Biomedical Inc. for $200 million. Based in Norwood, Mass., BBI is developing two small-molecule drugs that work by targeting cancer stem cells. One, BBI608, is being prepared for a Phase III clinical trial as a colorectal cancer treatment and is in Phase Ib and II trials for various solid tumors. The other, BBI503, is in Phase I trials for solid tumors. Under the deal, BBI’s six shareholders also can get up to $540 million in developmental milestone payments. Dainippon Sumitomo licensed Japanese rights to BBI608 in March 2011.

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