GlaxoSmithKline plc (LSE/NYSE: GSK) today announced that it has successfully completed the acquisition of TESARO, Inc. an oncology-focused company based in Waltham, Massachusetts, for an aggregate cash consideration of approximately $5.1 billion (£4.0 billion). The transaction, which was announced on 3 December 2018, significantly strengthens GSK’s pharmaceutical business, accelerating the build of GSK’s pipeline and commercial capability in oncology.
Issued: London UK – LSE announcement
TESARO is a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company, with a major marketed product, Zejula (niraparib), an oral poly ADP ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitor currently approved for use in ovarian cancer. PARP inhibitors are transforming the treatment of ovarian cancer, notably demonstrating marked clinical benefit in patients with and without germline mutations in a BRCA gene (gBRCA). Zejula is currently approved in the US and Europe as a treatment for adult patients with recurrent ovarian cancer who are in response to platinum-based chemotherapy, regardless of BRCA mutation or biomarker status.
Clinical trials to assess the use of Zejula in “all-comers” patient populations, as a monotherapy and in combinations, for the significantly larger opportunity of first line maintenance treatment of ovarian cancer are also underway. These ongoing trials are evaluating the potential benefit of Zejula in patients who carry gBRCA mutations as well as the larger population of patients without gBRCA mutations whose tumours are HRD-positive and HRD-negative. Results from the first of these studies, PRIMA, are expected to be available in the second half of 2019.
GSK also believes PARP inhibitors offer significant opportunities for use in the treatment of multiple cancer types. In addition to ovarian cancer, Zejula is currently being investigated for use as a possible treatment in lung, breast and prostate cancer, both as a monotherapy and in combination with other medicines, including with TESARO’s own anti-PD-1 antibody (dostarlimab, formerly known as TSR-042).
In addition to Zejula and dostarlimab, TESARO has several oncology assets in its pipeline including antibodies directed against TIM-3 and LAG-3 targets.
Dr Hal Barron, Chief Scientific Officer and President, R&D, GSK, said: “Both GSK and TESARO are driven by a focus on patients and a deep desire to develop truly transformational medicines that can improve and extend their lives. The acquisition of TESARO, which we have completed today, significantly strengthens our oncology pipeline and brings new scientific capabilities and expertise that will increase the pace and scale at which we can help patients living with cancer.”
Dr Mary Lynne Hedley, President and Chief Operating Officer, TESARO, said: “This new partnership between TESARO and GSK marks an important milestone in advancing our mission of developing transformative therapies for individuals living with cancer. Together with GSK, we can accelerate and further advance TESARO’s development and commercialization initiatives and, ultimately provide more time for more patients.”
GlaxoSmithKline plc (LSE/NYSE: GSK) today announced the completion of the cash tender offer by its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary Adriatic Acquisition Corporation (“AAC”) to purchase all of the issued and outstanding shares (each a “Share” and collectively, “Shares”) of common stock of TESARO, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSRO) (“TESARO”) for a price of $75.00 per Share net to the holder in cash, without interest, subject to any withholding of taxes required by applicable law. The tender offer expired at 6:00 P.M., Eastern time, on January 18, 2019.
Computershare Trust Company, N.A., as the depositary for the tender offer, has advised that, as of the expiration of the tender offer, 50,118,797 Shares were tendered pursuant to the tender offer, representing approximately 82.8% of the issued and outstanding Shares as calculated in accordance with the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated December 3, 2018 (the “Merger Agreement”), among GSK, AAC and TESARO. The condition to the tender offer that at least one share more than 50% of the Shares (as calculated pursuant to the Merger Agreement) be validly tendered and not validly withdrawn and all other conditions to the tender offer has been satisfied. Accordingly, AAC has accepted for payment and has paid the depositary for all validly tendered Shares.
GSK completed the acquisition of TESARO today through a merger under Section 251(h) of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (the “DGCL”). Each Share issued and outstanding immediately prior to the effective time of the merger (other than Shares (i) held in the treasury of TESARO or owned by GSK, AAC or TESARO, or any direct or indirect wholly-owned subsidiary thereof, immediately prior to the effective time of the merger or (ii) held by a holder who is entitled to demand and has properly demanded appraisal of such Shares in accordance with Section 262 of the DGCL) was converted into the right to receive $75.00 per Share, payable net to the holder in cash, without interest, subject to any withholding of taxes required by applicable law. As a consequence of the Merger, the Shares are no longer listed on NASDAQ and will no longer be registered under the Exchange Act.
This communication is for informational purposes only and is neither a recommendation, an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell securities. On December 14, 2018, GSK, GlaxoSmithKline LLC and AAC filed with the SEC a tender offer statement on Schedule TO regarding the tender offer described in this communication. The tender offer statement and other documents filed by GSK and TESARO with the SEC are available for free at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.
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About Zejula (niraparib)
Zejula (niraparib) is a poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitor indicated for the maintenance treatment of adult patients with recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer who are in a complete or partial response to platinum-based chemotherapy. In preclinical studies, Zejula concentrates in the tumour relative to plasma, delivering greater than 90% durable inhibition of PARP 1/2 and a persistent antitumour effect. Myelodysplastic Syndrome/Acute Myeloid Leukemia (MDS/AML), including some fatal cases, was reported in patients treated with Zejula. Discontinue Zejula if MDS/AML is confirmed. Hematologic adverse reactions (thrombocytopenia, anemia and neutropenia), as well as cardiovascular effects (hypertension and hypertensive crisis) have been reported in patients treated with Zejula. Monitor complete blood counts to detect hematologic adverse reactions, as well as to detect cardiovascular disorders, during treatment. Zejula can cause fetal harm and females of reproductive potential should use effective contraception. Please see full prescribing information, including additional important safety information, available at www.zejula.com.
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