Sobi to acquire CTI BioPharma

Swedish Orphan Biovitrum (Sobi) has entered into an agreement and plan of merger with CTI BioPharma under which Sobi has agreed to acquire CTI, a biopharmaceutical company focused on blood related cancers and rare diseases, by means of a tender offer.

The acquisition complements and further strengthens Sobi’s haematology franchise by adding VONJO (pacritinib), a novel oral kinase inhibitor that inhibits JAK2, IRAK1 and ACRV1, while sparing JAK1. VONJO obtained accelerated approval by the FDA in February 2022 for treatment of adults with intermediate or high-risk primary or secondary (post-polycythemia vera or post-essential thrombocythemia) myelofibrosis with a platelet count below 50 × 109/L.

Sobi is to commence a cash tender offer to acquire all issued and outstanding shares of CTI for USD 9.10 per share, corresponding to a total equity value of USD 1.7 billion.

“CTI represents a perfect fit for Sobi’s haematology franchise today, adding a powerful and highly differentiated new product that will make a significant difference for patients,” said Guido Oelkers, president and CEO of Sobi.

“There is a large unmet medical need within myelofibrosis, in particular for patients suffering from thrombocytopenia who are inadequately treated by existing medicines. The combination of the talented team at CTI, together with Sobi’s broad US and global haematology capabilities, will help get this much needed new therapy to patients faster and more effectively.

“The acquisition of CTI is the latest in a series of transformative transactions Sobi has conducted to build its leading rare haematology franchise.”

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