Mass. (AP) —Genzyme Corp. said today
that it completed the sale of its pharmaceutical intermediates business,
finishing a plan announced last year to sell three businesses so it can focus
on core growth areas.
Mass., company did not disclose
terms of the business sale to International Chemical Investors Group. Genzyme
said it entered into a supply contract with the buyer to receive materials
needed to produce a potential Gaucher disease treatment in late-stage clinical
testing. Gaucher disease is an enzyme disorder that can result in liver and
Genzyme is being acquired by French drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis
SA. Last month, Sanofi said it would pay $20.1 billion, or $74 per share,
ending months of haggling between the two companies over a possible deal.
Genzyme, which was founded in the 1980s, grew into a biotech
powerhouse in the 1990s after launching Ceredase, the first treatment for
Gaucher’s disease. By 2008 the company was reporting sales of $4.6 billion, but
a series of manufacturing stumbles the following year left the company
vulnerable to takeover.
Last May, before reports of a possible Sanofi deal surfaced,
Genzyme had said it would sell its pharmaceutical intermediates business, as
well as its genetic testing and diagnostics products businesses, as part of a
plan to increase shareholder value.
Genzyme shares climbed 7 cents to $75.52 in late morning