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The Alios Biopharma acquisition strengthens J&J's infectious disease pipeline.
Johnson & Johnson completed the acquisition of Alios BioPharma, a privately held clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing therapies for viral diseases, for a total purchase price of approximately $1.75 billion in cash. Alios BioPharma will become part of the infectious diseases therapeutic area of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.
The acquisition includes Alios BioPharma’s portfolio of potential therapeutics for viral infections with the promising compound AL-8176, an orally administered antiviral therapy currently in Phase II studies for the treatment of infants with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). RSV is the last of the major pediatric diseases that currently has no effective therapy. The acquisition also includes two early-stage compounds for hepatitis C (HCV) that could potentially augment Janssen’s existing HCV portfolio.
Source: Johnson & Johnson