Palo Alto – March 31, 2015 – Cooley is advising Auspex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. on its acquisition by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. for approximately $3.5 billion. The transaction is expected to close in mid-2015.
Auspex Pharmaceuticals is a late-clinical stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing innovative medicines for hyperkinetic movement disorders and other rare diseases. Auspex employs its proprietary technology to create patent-protected, new chemical entities from known, clinically proven therapies. The company's lead product, SD-809 (deutetrabenazine), is in final stages of development for the treatment of chorea associated with Huntington's disease, a neurodegenerative movement disorder that impacts cognition, behavior and movements.
Teva Pharmaceutical is a leading global pharmaceutical company that delivers high-quality, patient-centric healthcare solutions to millions of patients every day. Headquartered in Israel, Teva is the world's largest generic medicines producer, leveraging its portfolio of more than 1,000 molecules to produce a wide range of generic products in nearly every therapeutic area.
The Cooley corporate team advising Auspex is led by partner and head of the firm's M&A practice, Barbara Borden, and includes partners Rama Padmanabhan and Ken Rollins, special counsel James Pennington, and associates Nicole van de Leuv, Matthew Silverman and Sunny Chang.
Critical support for the transaction is being provided by partner Kay Chandler (life sciences transactions); partner Mark Windfeld-Hansen and associate Todd Gluth (tax); partner Howard Morse and associate David Burns (antitrust); partner Natasha Leskovsek and associate Sarah diFrancesca (health care and life sciences regulatory); and associate Megan Arthur (compensation and benefits).
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