LONDON, April 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pharmaceutical companies GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer today announced an "innovative agreement" to pool their HIV assets creating a new world-leading, specialist HIV company.
The deal will see the drug giants combine their existing HIV product and their pipelines with GSK holding 85% of the company and Pfizer 15%.
The deal will be marginally dilutive to GSK earnings in the first two years but in a video interview Group CEO Andrew Witty said there were longer term benefits for GSK shareholders.
"Today we own 100 per cent of a pipeline with three assets in it. Tomorrow we'll own 85 per cent of a pipeline with somewhere between five and seven assets in it."
The GSK boss said he was also committed to maximising the cost savings from the combination.
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