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Takeda to Acquire Inviragen, Inc.
Date:5/7/2013

OSAKA, Japan and DEERFIELD, Ill. and FORT COLLINS, Colo., May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited ("Takeda") and Inviragen, Inc. ("Inviragen") jointly announced today that Takeda, its wholly owned subsidiary Takeda America Holdings, Inc., and Inviragen, Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement for Takeda to acquire Inviragen for an upfront payment of US$35 million, and future payments of up to US$215 million linked to the progress of clinical development and achievement of key commercial milestones. Headquartered in Fort Collins, CO, with facilities in Madison, WI and Singapore, Inviragen is a privately-held biopharmaceutical company specializing in research and development of innovative vaccines for emerging infectious diseases, including dengue and hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD).

"Takeda has taken another major step toward its goal of establishing a world-class global vaccine business by acquiring Inviragen and its advanced vaccine candidate against dengue, a serious mosquito-borne illness that threatens nearly half of the world's population," said Rajeev Venkayya, M.D., executive vice president and head of Takeda's Vaccine Business Division. "Today's announcement reinforces Takeda's commitment to develop innovative vaccines to fight some of the world's most important infectious diseases."

Inviragen has created innovative products using its expertise in viral vaccines. The company's lead candidate, DENVax, is a four-strain recombinant viral vaccine for the prevention of dengue infection. An administration schedule of two doses of DENVax over 90 days is currently being evaluated in Phase 2 clinical trials. In addition to DENVax, Inviragen's pipeline contains a vaccine candidate to protect against hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) caused by enterovirus 71 (EV71), which has compl
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