THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Drug maker Amgen is acquiring a Rockville, Md.-based company developing therapies for cancer, the companies said Thursday.
Amgen announced plans to buy Micromet for $1.16 billion, or $11 per share. Micromet, originally founded in Germany, is developing blinatumomab, currently in phase-2 trials as a treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The acquisition also will include the company's research and development center in Munich.
"The acquisition of Miromet is an opportunity to acquire an innovative oncology asset with global rights, and a validated technology platform with broad potential clinical applications," Amgen chairman and CEO Kevin Sharer said. "Blinatumomab will serve as an important complement to our oncology pipeline and is representative of our corporate strategy, which is focused on developing and successfully commercializing therapeutics to treat patients with grievous illnesses."