Biogen to Acquire Reata Pharmaceuticals in $7.3B Deal

The rare-disease drug maker will add to Biogen's portfolio.

August 1, 2023

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Biogen to purchase Reata Pharma
Biogen signed an agreement to acquire Reata Pharmaceuticals, another rare disease drug maker specialist.Image courtesy of Andrzej Rostek / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Biogen Inc. will acquire Reata Pharmaceuticals for $172.50 per share in cash, reflecting an enterprise value of approximately $7.3 billion.

“With extensive expertise in rare disease product development and global commercialization, as demonstrated by SPINRAZA and the recent launch of QALSODY, we believe Biogen has the foundation in place to accelerate the delivery of SKYCLARYS to patients around the world,” said Christopher Viehbacher, Biogen’s president and chief executive officer. “This is a unique opportunity for Biogen to bolster our near-term growth trajectory, and SKYCLARYS is an excellent complement to our global portfolio of treatments for neuromuscular and rare disease.”

Reata has made significant advancements developing therapeutics that regulate cellular metabolism and inflammation in serious neurologic diseases. Reata’s FDA-approved SKYCLARYS (omaveloxolone) is the first and only approved treatment for Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) in the US, with a commercial launch underway, and European regulatory review ongoing. In addition, Reata is developing a portfolio of innovative products for a range of neurological diseases.

“Biogen’s expertise and commercial footprint make it the optimal choice to help SKYCLARYS realize its full potential,” said Warren Huff, chairman and chief executive officer at Reata. “With its clear understanding of the rare disease patient journey and existing commercial infrastructure, we believe Biogen will establish SKYCLARYS as the standard of care in the treatment of this devastating genetic disease.”

The transaction is expected to close in fourth quarter 2023. 

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