AstraZeneca to acquire Amolyt Pharma

March 14, 2024

AstraZeneca will acquire Amolyt Pharma, a clinical-stage biotech company specializing in the development of treatments for rare endocrine disorders.

The move, executed through Alexion, AstraZeneca Rare Disease, will further strengthen the drugmaker's late-stage pipeline in rare endocrine disease through the acquisition of eneboparatide (AZP-3601), a phase 3 therapeutic peptide. Eneboparatide, designed to treat hypoparathyroidism, binds selectively to the parathyroid hormone receptor, regulates serum calcium levels, reduce urinary calcium excretion, and potentially prevent kidney function decline and chronic kidney disease.

Amolyt's pipeline also includes AZP-3813, a phase 1 peptide growth hormone receptor antagonist for the potential treatment of acromegaly, a disorder that occurs when the body makes too much growth hormone.

AstraZeneca will acquire all outstanding shares of France-based Amolyt for up to $1.05 billion, including an $800 million upfront payment and an additional $250 million contingent upon regulatory milestones. The transaction, pending customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, is slated for completion by the end of the third quarter of 2024.

Since the creation of its Rare Disease unit following the $39 billion takeover of Alexion Pharmaceuticals in 2021, AstraZeneca has continued to snatch up rare disease drugmakers, picking up New Jersey-based Caelum Biosciences in September 2021 and Massachusetts-based LogicBio Therapeutics in October 2022.






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