Swiss pharma giant Roche agrees $7.1 billion deal to buy Telavant Holdings

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Swiss health care company Roche on Monday announced it would acquire Telavant Holdings in a $7.1 billion transaction.

Telavant produces drugs for people suffering from inflammatory and fibrotic diseases and is in the process of developing a “promising new therapy” for patients with Crohn’s disease, Roche said in a press release.

The terms of the acquisition include a near-term milestone payment of $150 million.

Once given full rights to the RVT-3101 drug — a therapy under development for inflammatory bowel disease, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease — Roche aims to start global Phase 3 trials, which would involve clinical testing on hundreds to thousands of patients with the target ailings.

“We strongly believe this novel TL1A directed antibody has the transformational potential to make a significant difference for patients living with inflammatory bowel disease and potentially other diseases,” Roche Group CEO Thomas Schinecker said in a statement.

“We are excited to add this promising new therapy in development to our portfolio and to make it available to patients as quickly as possible.”

Telavant is currently owned by Pfizer and Roivant Sciences.

In the Monday announcement, Roche also said it would obtain an option to collaborate with Pfizer on a new inflammatory bowel disease drug.

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