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Enzon sells specialty drug business for $300 million

November 10, 2009
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The Associated Press reports Enzon Pharmaceuticals Inc. is selling most of its business to Italian drugmaker sigma-tau Group and will focus on its experimental cancer drugs and technologies. Enzon will get $300 million upfront, along with milestone payments of as much as $27 million. Sigma-tau could also pay Enzon royalties on Enzon''s four approved drugs through 2014. Sigma-tau is also acquiring a manufacturing facility in Indianapolis in the deal. The specialty drugs sigma-tau is buying are cancer drug Oncaspar, fungal infection treatment Abelcet, meningitis drug DepoCyt, and Adagen, which is used for severe combined immunodeficiency disease, or "Bubble Boy Disease." With the specialty drug unit sold, the company said it would focus on potential cancer treatments including the drug candidate Peg SN38. The transaction, which is subject to financing and approval by Enzon shareholders, is expected to close in the first quarter next year.
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