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AstraZeneca to acquire CinCor Pharma

AstraZeneca has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire CinCor Pharma, a US-based clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, focused on developing novel treatments for resistant and uncontrolled hypertension as well as chronic kidney disease.

The acquisition will bolster AstraZeneca’s cardiorenal pipeline by adding CinCor’s candidate drug, baxdrostat (CIN-107), an aldosterone synthase inhibitor (ASI) for blood pressure lowering in treatment-resistant hypertension, the company states.

“Acquiring CinCor supports our commitment to cardiorenal disease and further strengthens our pipeline with baxdrostat. Excess levels of aldosterone are associated with hypertension and several cardiorenal diseases, including chronic kidney disease and coronary artery disease and being able to effectively reduce this would offer a much-needed treatment option for these patients,” says Mene Pangalos, Executive Vice President BioPharmaceuticals R&D, AstraZeneca.

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A potentially leading next-generation ASI

Baxdrostat represents a potentially leading next-generation ASI as it is highly selective for aldosterone synthase and spares the cortisol pathway in humans. The opportunity also brings the potential for combination with Farxiga and complements AstraZeneca’s strategy to provide added benefit across cardiorenal diseases, where there is a high unmet medical need.

Financial considerations

Under the terms of the agreement, AstraZeneca will initiate a tender offer to acquire all of CinCor’s outstanding shares for a price of $26 per share in cash at closing, plus a non-tradable contingent value right of $10 per share in cash payable upon a specified regulatory submission of a baxdrostat product.

The upfront cash portion of the consideration represents a transaction value of approximately $1.3bn and a 121% premium over CinCor’s closing market price on 06 January 2023. Combined, the upfront and maximum potential contingent value payments represent, if achieved, a transaction value of approximately $1.8bn and a 206% premium over CinCor’s closing market price on 6 January 2023. As part of the transaction, AstraZeneca will acquire the cash and marketable securities on CinCor’s balance sheet, which totalled approximately $522m as of 30 September 2022.

Photo of Mene Pangalos: AstraZeneca

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