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Johnson & Johnson Successfully Completes Acquisition of Ambrx

Friday, March 08, 2024

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) announced the successful completion of its acquisition of Ambrx Biopharma, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company known for its proprietary synthetic biology technology platform aimed at designing and developing next-generation antibody drug conjugates (ADCs). This acquisition, conducted through an all-cash merger transaction valued at approximately $2.0 billion, or $1.9 billion net of estimated cash acquired, was initially announced on January 8, 2024. The transaction will be treated as a business combination.

"We are delighted to welcome the talented scientific team and unique ADC platform of Ambrx into the Johnson & Johnson family," said Dr. Yusri Elsayed, MD, MHSc, PhD, Global Therapeutic Area Head of Oncology at Johnson & Johnson Innovative Medicine. "We are particularly excited about the potential of ARX517, a PSMA-targeting ADC, as a potential first- and best-in-class treatment for metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. This acquisition positions us to advance the development of next-generation ADCs, with the goal of delivering innovative therapies for solid tumors that can significantly improve patients' lives."

This strategic move provides Johnson & Johnson with an opportunity to lead in the design, development, and commercialization of targeted oncology treatments. Ambrx's ADC technology offers a unique approach, leveraging highly specific monoclonal antibodies linked to potent chemotherapeutic payloads. This enables targeted and efficient elimination of cancer cells while mitigating the common side effects associated with traditional chemotherapy.

"Bolstering our oncology innovation strategy, the acquisition of Ambrx and its promising pipeline of ADCs strengthens our position in the oncology space," commented Biljana Naumovic, Worldwide Vice President of Oncology at Johnson & Johnson Innovative Medicine. "ADCs represent a significant advancement in the treatment of solid tumors, harnessing the power of antibody-antigen interactions to deliver cytotoxic payloads directly to cancer cells. This acquisition reflects our commitment to delivering precision biologics that can transform cancer treatment, including prostate cancer."

In summary, Johnson & Johnson's acquisition of Ambrx marks a strategic step towards advancing precision oncology therapeutics, with the potential to revolutionize the treatment landscape for solid tumors, including prostate cancer.

 

Source: jnj.com

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