Johnson & Johnson announced it will acquire Alios BioPharma Inc., a privately held clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing therapies for viral diseases, for about $1.75 billion in cash. The transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2014.
According to a press release, the acquisition will include Alios BioPharma’s portfolio of potential therapeutics for viral infections including compound AL-8176, an orally administered antiviral therapy currently in Phase 2 studies for the treatment of infants with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
“We are excited that this acquisition will enable us to explore treatment options for a number of viral infections, including RSV, the last of the major pediatric diseases with no available preventive therapy,” said William N. Hait, M.D., Ph.D., Global Head, Research & Development, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. “AL-8176 complements our existing early stage portfolio for RSV which aims to prevent and treat this disease, the leading cause of acute lower respiratory infection in children under the age of five.”
“Alios BioPharma’s pipeline is closely aligned with our vision to continue to address important unmet medical needs through scientific innovation,” said Johan Van Hoof, M.D., Global Head, Infectious Diseases and Vaccines, Janssen. “This acquisition will allow us to combine their innovative compounds with our vast experience in viral diseases to deliver novel medicines and treatment options for patients worldwide.”