|10:37 EDT||PFE||Targacept says Pfizer terminates research & license agreement with Catalyst|
In a regulatory filing from earlier, Targacept (TRGT) said: "As previously reported, on March 5, Targacept, Talos Merger Sub, a Delaware corporation and a wholly owned subsidiary of Targacept and Catalyst Biosciences, entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger, pursuant to which, among other things, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement, Merger Sub will merge with and into Catalyst, with Catalyst becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Targacept and the surviving corporation of the merger. On April 1, Catalyst notified Targacept that Pfizer (PFE) would be exercising its right to terminate in its entirety the June 29, 2009, research and license agreement between Catalyst and Wyeth, which governs the development and commercialization of Catalystís leading human Factor VIIa product candidate for the treatment of hemophilia and surgical bleeding indications. On April 2, Pfizer provided Catalyst with its formal written notice of termination of the research and license agreement. Upon the June 1, effective date of the termination, the license and certain rights under the research and license agreement will terminate and revert to Catalyst. Catalyst has informed Targacept that Pfizer is committed to an orderly transfer of data, regulatory documentation and related technology under the agreement to Catalyst to enable Catalyst to continue the clinical development of this product candidate. Targacept is currently reviewing the implications of this event on the proposed Merger. In morning trading shares of Targacept are down almost 12% to $2.51.