Menarini Group completes acquisition of Stemline Therapeutics

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MENARINI Group, a privately held Italian pharmaceutical and diagnostics company, today announced that has successfully completed the acquisition of Stemline Therapeutics Inc., a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel oncology therapeutics (Nasdaq: STML), for an aggregate cash consideration up to $677 million on a fully diluted basis.

The transaction, which was announced on 4 May 2020, strengthens Menarini’s oncology portfolio with the addition of both commercial and clinical-stage assets. Menarini acquired Stemline for an upfront payment of $11.50 per share in cash and one non-tradeable Contingent Value Right (CVR) that will entitle each holder to an additional $1.00 per share in cash upon completion of the first sale of ELZONRIS in any EU5 country after European Commission approval.

Stemline launched ELZONRIS for the treatment of blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm, BPDCN, in adult and pediatric patients, two years or older, following the approval by the United States Food and Drug Administration in December 2018. ELZONRIS is a novel targeted therapy directed to the interleukin-3 (IL-3) receptor-α (CD123), a target present on a wide range of malignancies. In parallel, Stemline has been evaluating ELZONRIS in clinical trials in additional indications including chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML), myelofibrosis (MF), acute myeloid leukemia (AML), and others.

Stemline’s additional pipeline candidates include felezonexor (SL-801) (XPO1 inhibitor; Phase 1 in advanced solid tumor patients ongoing) and SL-1001 (RET kinase inhibitor, IND-enabling studies ongoing).

Elcin Barker Ergun, CEO of Menarini Group, commented, “We are very excited to complete the acquisition of Stemline and to welcome their accomplished team to Menarini. The addition of ELZONRIS, which has potential to treat many other malignancies, as well as the other attractive pipeline assets augments our research and development capabilities and will accelerate our efforts to deliver novel oncology therapeutics to patients in need.”

– Jun. 11, 2020 @ 18:45 GMT |

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