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Theravance to split in two
by Jeffrey Bouley  |  Email the author


Theravance Inc. recently announced that its board of directors has approved plans to separate the businesses into two independent publicly traded companies, with the aim of providing two different business models that will enable investors to "align their investment philosophies with the strategic opportunities and financial objectives of the two independent companies."
One company, referred to as Theravance Biopharma, will be a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovery, development and commercialization of small-molecule medicines in areas of significant unmet medical need.
The other company, referred to as Royalty Management Co., will focus on managing all development and commercial responsibilities under the LABA collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and associated potential royalty revenues from Relvar or Breo Ellipta (fluticasone furoate/vilanterol: FF/VI), Anoro Ellipta (umeclidinium bromide/vilanterol: UMEC/VI) and VI monotherapy, with the intention of providing a consistent return of capital to stockholders.
"Following a review of alternatives to maximize the value of our portfolio, we have decided to separate our biopharmaceutical discovery, development and commercialization operations from our late-stage partnered respiratory assets," said Rick E Winningham, CEO of Theravance. "We believe this separation will provide investors with the opportunity to unlock potential value from two disparate sets of assets, better align employee incentives and provide a consistent return of capital to stockholders of Royalty Management Co."
The goal of separating Theravance into two companies is to continue its businesses in a new structure designed to unlock potential value, facilitate return of capital to stockholders and further its strategy of advancing medicines that address unmet medical needs. After the separation, Theravance Biopharma will focus on Theravance's multivalent discovery capabilities and pipeline of programs, including its cardiovascular collaboration with Merck and its partnership agreements with Alfa Wassermann, Clinigen and R-Pharm. Royalty Management Co will continue to focus on managing the rights to the significant potential royalty streams from certain products developed under the LABA collaboration with GSK
SOURCE: Theravance news release
Code: E04261301



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