Amid the pharma's slimdown craze, Belgium's UCB is getting in on the action by selling its U.S. generic drug unit for $1.53 billion.
The threat of action from lawmakers may have put a damper on pharma's tax inversion frenzy, but it has not stopped the wave of deals that are taking American drugmakers overseas. Next up could be Illinois' Akorn, which is reportedly looking into a bid for Belgian pharma UCB's U.S. subsidiary.
Shedding noncore assets is the trend du jour in Big Pharma, and now another company may be jumping on the bandwagon. Belgium's UCB is reportedly looking into a sale of Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals, its Princeton, NJ-based generics unit.
UCB is preparing for a changing of the guard. The Belgium-based drugmaker has tapped Jean-Christophe Tellier, who heads up its biopharma brands unit, to take over as CEO beginning next year, replacing current chief Roch Doliveux.
he sale to France-based Unither includes a 6-year supply deal, and the buyer plans to keep UCB's 250 employees and 50 contract workers.
Pfizer's attempts to prove Lyrica effective as an epilepsy treatment have delivered mixed results. Just three months ago, the controlled-release formula failed a Phase III trial in adults with epilepsy. But now, the company has unveiled new data showing that Lyrica capsules matched the UCB seizure drug Keppra at reducing a common type of seizures in epilepsy patients.
There's a bumper crop of numbers today as pharma's earnings season winds down. The dominant trends continue--the stronger dollar, generic competition (for branded drugmakers), new copycat products (for generics firms) and lots of expectations-management.
South San Francisco personalized medicine/diagnostics startup Nodality has signed a multi-year collaborative deal with Belgium's UCB Pharma that will initially focus on possible companion diagnostics
Yet another drugmaker has joined the off-label marketing club. UCB agreed to pay $34 million to resolve claims it marketed its epilepsy drug Keppra to treat headaches and pain, uses not approved by
You can't accuse UCB of lacking nerve. The company says it's going to test its rheumatoid arthritis drug Cimzia against Abbott Laboratories' well established Humira treatment. As Reuters reports,