Pfizer completes purchase of cancer-focused Seagen

Agence France-Presse
Pfizer completes purchase of cancer-focused Seagen
“Yes, we’re exploring to buy more (Sinovac doses). But our plan is, once the majority of Pfizer and Moderna vaccine doses have been delivered, we might be concentrating on these major brands,” vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said during the arrival of more than 365,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine on Wednesday night.
AFP / Dominick Reuter, File

NEW YORK, United States — Pfizer said Thursday it completed a $43 billion takeover of cancer-focused biotech company Seagen that the pharma giant said would enable it to double its oncology platform.

"This is a great day for Pfizer, and, more importantly, for people living with cancer, as we bring together the game-changing science and top talent of Seagen and Pfizer to form a leading oncology organization," said Pfizer Chief Oncology Officer Chris Boshoff.

Pfizer, which has seen revenues shrink significantly with the ebbing of demand for Covid-19-related products, announced the all-cash takeover in March.

Seagen, headquartered in Washington state, came to major drugmakers' attention with its work on antibody-drug conjugates that are "designed to preferentially kill cancer cells." 

Pfizer shares fell sharply on Wednesday after it projected lower-than-expected 2024 profits. Earnings are expected to be dented by an estimated 40 cents per share in costs to finance the acquisition of Seagen.

Pfizer shares dipped 0.3% Thursday morning.

"With one of the largest investments in Pfizer's history, we are going all in on cancer with the goal of delivering breakthroughs that drastically improve the lives of people with cancer," said Pfizer Chief Executive Albert Bourla.

"We believe oncology will be a significant growth driver for Pfizer and contribute meaningfully to the achievement of our near- and long-term financial goals."

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