Bristol-Myers Squibb to Acquire Celgene to Expand its Cancer Portfolio

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Last week, Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Bristol-Myers Squibb will acquire Celgene in a cash and stock transaction with an equity value of approximately $74 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, Celgene shareholders will receive 1.0 Bristol-Myers Squibb share and $50.00 in cash for each share of Celgene.

In their press release, BMS said that the Celgene acquisition was in line with their vision of creating a “premier innovative biopharma company.”

“Together with Celgene, we are creating an innovative biopharma leader, with leading franchises and a deep and broad pipeline that will drive sustainable growth and deliver new options for patients across a range of serious diseases,” said Giovanni Caforio, M.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bristol-Myers Squibb. “As a combined entity, we will enhance our leadership positions across our portfolio, including in cancer and immunology and inflammation. We will also benefit from an expanded early- and late-stage pipeline that includes six expected near-term product launches. Together, our pipeline holds significant promise for patients, allowing us to accelerate new options through a broader range of cutting-edge technologies and discovery platforms.”

As part of the transaction, BMS will gain rights to Celgene’s blockbuster cancer treatment Revlimid (lenalidomide), as well as its CAR-T portfolio, which it acquired via its $9-billion takeover of Juno Therapeutics last year.

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