Updated on 19 September 2016
GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) has announced a series of agreements with Aspen aligned with GSK's strategy of simplification through focusing on core therapeutic areas.
GSK will divest its anaesthesia portfolio to Aspen for £180 million plus milestones of up to £100 million. In addition to this divestment, GSK and Aspen have entered into parallel agreements to terminate their collaboration in Sub-Saharan Africa and for Aspen to exercise its option to acquire GSK's remaining thrombosis business in certain retained markets.
The agreements announced are subject to the relevant anti-trust and regulatory clearances.
GSK's anaesthesia portfolio consists of Ultiva, Nimbex, Tracrium, Mivacron and Anectine. GSK has previously divested this business in the US and Canada so no longer commercializes the products in these countries.
Following termination of the current collaboration between GSK and Aspen across Sub-Saharan Africa (‘SSA'), both parties will continue to commercialise their own respective portfolios in the region. The collaboration between GSK and Aspen in South Africa remains in place.