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Celgene to acquire Quanticel Pharma in $485 million deal

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Staff writer ▼ | April 28, 2015
Celgene Corporation will acquire Quanticel Pharmaceuticals for an upfront payment of $100 million in cash.
Acquisition   The single-cell genomic analysis of human cancer
Through the agreement, Celgene will have full access to Quanticel's proprietary platform for the single-cell genomic analysis of human cancer, as well as Quanticel's lead programs that target specific epigenetic modifiers to advance Celgene's pipeline of innovative cancer therapies.

The acquisition culminates a 2011 strategic alliance between Celgene and Quanticel. Over the course of the three-and-a-half year alliance, Quanticel industrialized its single-cell platform for analysis of tumor cellular content and applied it to novel target discovery and the generation of high-quality drug candidates.

Multiple drug candidates from Quanticel are expected to enter the clinic in early 2016.

The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976.

Under the agreement terms, Celgene will acquire Quanticel for an upfront payment of $100 million in cash. Up to an additional $385 million in contingent payments may be achieved upon research, development, and regulatory advances related to Quanticel's research and development platform.

The acquisition of Quanticel Pharmaceuticals is expected to be accounted for as a purchase transaction and Celgene anticipates that the acquisition will be neutral to 2015 adjusted diluted earnings guidance.