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Nycomed to acquire control of Bradley

BY Drew Buono

FAIRFIELD, N.J. Nycomed US has entered in a merger agreement with Bradley Pharmaceuticals in which Nycomed will gain control of the company after offering $20 per share in cash, a 25 percent increase over Bradley’s closing price on Oct. 29.

Holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of Bradley’s common stock and Class B common stock, voting together as one class, condition the transaction on receipt of approval. The transaction is also subject to certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. There is no financing condition, and the obligations of Nycomed US are guaranteed by Nycomed S.C.A., SICAR. The transaction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2008.

“The acquisition of Bradley provides us with a unique opportunity to strengthen our dermatology expertise in the US with successful products and capabilities that match ours perfectly,” Hakan Bjorklund, chief executive officer of Nycomed, said. “The acquisition enables us to gain critical mass in the dermatology market and provides significant momentum for further add-on investments.”

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Sandoz completes $10 million expansion of N.C. facility

BY Drew Buono

WILSON, N.C. Sandoz recently completed the major phase of its Wilson, North Carolina expansion when over 50 employees moved into a new 30,000 square foot building.

Over 65 new jobs are expected to be created in Wilson as a result of the $10 million expansion. The positions will be filled by pharmaceutical scientists and analytical chemists and will bring the total of employees at the site to almost 480.

“The new laboratories present an excellent workplace and opportunity for top scientists to help us continue to growth in the U.S.,” said Bernhard Hampl, president and chief executive officer of Sandoz. “The new products developed at the site will be the basis for the future growth of the Wilson site.”

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Pfizer, Taisho sign letter of intent over schizophrenia drug candidate

BY Drew Buono

TOKYO and NEW YORK Taisho Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer have concluded on a letter of intent with regard to Taisho’s new drug candidate for schizophrenia, TS-032.

The drug is currently in the pre-clinical stage and the letter of intent relates to a proposed license agreement regarding rights for development and commercialization.

Through the agreement, Taisho will grant exclusive development and commercialization rights outside Japan for the drug to Pfizer. Once the agreement is signed, Taisho will receive an initial payment of $22 million as well as milestone and royalties linked to the development and sales of the drug.

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