BMS Completes Acquisition of Cardioxyl Pharmaceuticals
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Bristol-Myers Squibb has completed its previously announced $2.1 billion acquisition of Cardioxyl Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a private biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of therapeutic agents for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. 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 acquisition will give Bristol-Myers Squibb full rights to Cardioxyl's lead asset CXL-1427, a novel nitroxyl donor (prodrug) in Phase II 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.

CXL-1427 releases nitroxyl, a molecule that has demonstrated beneficial effects on heart muscle and vascular function. Pre-clinical 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, according to information from Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Source: Bristol-Myers Squibb

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