Hereditary angioedema, or C1-INH deficiency, is a dangerous and potentially deadly inflammatory disease affecting up to 10,000 patients in the United States, caused by a genetic deficiency in an essential protein called C1 esterase inhibitor. Clinical studies have shown that prophylactic C1 inhibitor replacement therapy with Cinryze can significantly reduce the severity, duration and frequency of HAE attacks.
"This transaction is consistent with ViroPharma's stated objective of broadening our portfolio of therapies for serious life-threatening conditions in selected specialty markets," commented Vincent Milano, ViroPharma's president and chief executive officer. "Lev's orphan drug Cinryze(TM) is a life-saving therapy treating a very dangerous disease. This opportunity provides a clear strategic fit with ViroPharma: Cinryze targets a market that is addressable with modest additional infrastructure and further serves patients suffering from a disease with few treatment options. We are very pleased to add the expertise of Lev to our organization, and Cinryze to our growing portfolio of options for underserved patient populations with critical and urgent needs."
"We believe this transaction recognizes the value we have created at Lev and provides our shareholders with attractive financial terms, through the upfront payment and the opportunity to continue to share in the success of Cinryze(TM) through the ownership of ViroPharma shares and the contingent value rights," commented Judson Cooper, Lev's chairman of the board. "Leveraging the combined resources of both companies not only strengthens our C1 inhibitor development platform, but also underscores our commitment to serving patients with critical unmet medical needs."
Under the terms of the merger agreement, ViroPharma will acquire the
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