Boehringer buys cancer immunotherapy developer

Sept. 13, 2018

Boehringer Ingelheim announced that it has acquired all shares of Austrian-based ViraTherapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company specializing in the development of oncolytic viral therapies.

The deal gives Boehringer full control over a preclinical viral-based cancer immunotherapy (VSV-GP) the companies have been co-developing for two years. The two companies are working to develop a next generation oncolytic viral therapy platform. VSV-GP, the lead investigational candidate leveraging the platform, has shown promising results in pre-clinical models, especially in combination with key immune modulatory principles Boehringer Ingelheim is developing.

The transaction (with a total value of $245M) follows a collaboration and option agreement signed between ViraTherapeutics and Boehringer Ingelheim in August 2016.

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