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Cephalon Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Gemin X
Date:3/21/2011

FRAZER, Pa., March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cephalon, Inc. (Nasdaq: CEPH) announced today that it has signed a definitive merger agreement under which it will acquire all of the outstanding capital stock of Gemin X Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately-held biopharmaceutical company developing first-in-class cancer therapeutics, for $225 million cash on a cash-free, debt-free basis. Gemin X stockholders could also receive up to $300 million in cash payments upon the achievement of certain regulatory and sales milestones. There are no royalty obligations to Gemin X stockholders.  The agreement is subject to customary closing conditions including the receipt of necessary regulatory approvals.

Gemin X is developing a pipeline of targeted cancer therapeutics based on reinitiating programmed forms of cell death, including apoptotic and autophagic cell death, and based on the inhibition of metabolism in cancerous cells. Gemin X's lead product candidate, obatoclax (GX15-070), is a pan Bcl-2 inhibitor with particular potency for the dominant protein Mcl-1 and is currently completing a randomized, controlled, Phase 2b clinical trial in more than 160 patients with extensive stage small cell lung cancer (ES-SCLC). The trial is evaluating the safety and efficacy of obatoclax as a first line treatment in combination with standard chemotherapy. Enrollment in the trial was completed in November 2009 and full data have been submitted for presentation at upcoming scientific meetings.

In addition to ES-SCLC, preclinical and clinical activity has also been observed for obatoclax as both a single agent, and in combination with standard therapies, across a wide range of cancer indications.  In addition to obatoclax, Gemin X has several targeted programs in development, including teglarinad (GMX1777), a Phase 1/2 novel inhibitor of NAD+ synthesis, and a preclinical telomere capping
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