Takeda (TSE:4502/NYSE:TAK) today announced that it has completed an acquisition of all shares of Nimbus Lakshmi, Inc. (“Lakshmi”) from Nimbus Therapeutics, LLC (“Nimbus”), on February 8, 2023 (EST), as set forth in the share purchase agreement, following clearance from the United States Federal Trade Commission and a satisfaction of other closing conditions. The agreement had been announced on December 13, 2022: “Takeda to Acquire 100% Ownership of Nimbus Therapeutics’ TYK2 Program Subsidiary”.
Following the completion of this transaction, Takeda has now acquired TAK-279, formerly known at Nimbus as NDI-034858. With Phase 2b data to be presented in Q4 FY2022 and Phase 3 study in psoriasis expected to start in 2023, TAK-279 has the potential to demonstrate best-in-class efficacy, safety and convenience in psoriasis as well as multiple other immune-mediated diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease, psoriatic arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. This acquisition strengthens Takeda’s growing late-stage pipeline and potentially expands its portfolio and patient impact across multiple indications, reinforcing Takeda’s ability to maintain strong growth globally in the mid- to long-term.
“With our plan to acquire announced in December, we are excited to have promptly added TAK-279, a highly selective oral TYK2 inhibitor with truly transformative potential for patients in multiple diseases, to our late-stage pipeline,” said Ramona Sequeira, president, global portfolio division, at Takeda. “This program closely aligns with our strategy and expertise in immune-mediated diseases, and we look forward to sharing more details of our development plans soon.”
Under the terms of the agreement and following the closing of the transaction, Takeda will pay Nimbus approximately 4 billion USD upfront, after adjusting items including closing indebtedness and closing account payable of Lakshmi. Takeda will also make two milestone payments to Nimbus of 1 billion USD each upon achieving annual net sales of 4 billion USD and 5 billion USD of products developed from the TAK-279 program.
Takeda expects that the financial impact on its consolidated operating results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2023 (FY2022), as a result of the completion of the transaction, is immaterial. There is no change in Takeda’s FY2022 consolidated forecasts for operating results or the management guidance.
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