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April 2, 2014
09:02 EDTBAXBaxter to acquire Chatham Therapeutics
Baxter International and Chatham Therapeutics announced that Baxter has agreed to acquire all of Chatham’s outstanding membership interests. As a result of the transaction, Baxter will acquire Chatham’s developmental gene therapy programs directed toward the development and commercialization of treatments for hemophilia. Under the terms of the agreement, Baxter will make an initial payment of $70M to acquire all of the outstanding membership interests of Chatham. Baxter may make additional payments in the future based on specified development, regulatory and commercial milestones. Baxter will continue the ongoing Phase I/II open-label clinical trial to assess the safety and optimal dosing schedule of BAX 335, an investigational FIX gene therapy treatment for hemophilia B. The BNP technology provides a mechanism for the patient's own liver to begin producing FIX following a single dose of the genetically engineered treatment. The design of the vector allows for more targeted delivery of the FIX therapeutic “cargo” into the natural site of FIX synthesis. This may permit effective therapy with low quantities of the vector. The Phase I/II clinical trial is proceeding as expected and aims to enroll up to 16 hemophilia B patients. Following the acquisition, Chatham will maintain its licensing and development relationship with Asklepios BioPharmaceutical on the development of novel hemophilia therapeutic gene therapy candidates using the Biological Nano Particle platform. AskBio is involved with the development of its proprietary BNPTM gene-delivery platform technology for therapeutics targeting diseases in the heart, CNS, muscle, ocular and liver tissues.
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December 15, 2014
09:03 EDTBAXBaxter to divest Vero cell vaccines platform to Nanotherapeutics
Baxter International (BAX) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its proprietary Vero cell technology and related assets, including its production facility in Bohumil, Czech Republic, to Nanotherapeutics, Inc. Financial details were not disclosed. The agreement with Nanotherapeutics includes all assets related to the platform, including vaccines for H5N1, H1N1 and seasonal influenza. The agreement also includes investigational vaccine programs for Ross River virus, Chikungunya disease and West Nile virus. In recent weeks, the company has also completed the sale of its commercial vaccines business and related manufacturing facilities to Pfizer (PFE).
December 10, 2014
17:19 EDTBAXBaxter announces filing of Form 10 in connection with planned spin-off
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December 9, 2014
12:22 EDTBAXPiper Jaffray biopharm analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Senior Research Analyst Schimmer, along with Biopharmaceuticals Analyst Breazzano, discuss gene therapy for hemophilia on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on December 11 at 10 am.

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