GlaxoSmithKline is set to buy Human Genome Sciences for $3.6 billion
After months of wrangling, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has found enough common ground with Human Genome Sciences (HGS) for the two to sign up to a $3.6 billion (£2.3 billion) takeover deal.
The two companies have worked together for over 20 years on several products, including the development of benlimumab, marketed as Benlysta, the first new treatment for lupus erythematosus in half a century. Benlimumab, a monoclonal antibody, was approved by US authorities in March 2011, and analysts are predicting peak sales of $3–7 million per year.
GSK says the deal will lead to cost savings across the combined business of $200 million.