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Gilead may soon buy Immunomedics in deal over $20 billion

The deal, which will expand Gilead’s oncology portfolio, might get announced tomorrow if not sooner, inform reports

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Gilead Sciences is close to signing a deal to buy biopharma company Immunomedics for more than $20 billion in a deal that would further expand Gilead’s portfolio of cancer treatments, reported the Wall Street Journal.

A deal for Immunomedics, whose cancer therapy Trodelvy is FDA-approved as a third-line treatment for an aggressive type of breast cancer called Metastatic Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, could be announced Monday if not sooner, the Journal said.

Discussions between Gilead and Immunomedics were initially centred on a partnership before shifting to a full-fledged takeover negotiation, the Journal added.

Gilead and Immunomedics did not respond immediately to emailed requests from Reuters for comment.

Shares of Immunomedics, which last month reported positive data from a late-stage confirmatory study for Trodelvy, have nearly doubled this year, giving the company a valuation of close to $10 billion.

An acquisition of Immunomedics would add to several deals Gilead inked this year with the aim of expanding its oncology portfolio.

It bought a 49.9 per cent stake in cancer drug developer Pionyr Immunotherapeutics in June for $275 million, just months after paying $4.9 billion for Forty Seven, maker of an experimental treatment that targets blood cancer.

(Edits by EP News Bureau)

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