BioCentury on BioBusiness,
Going whole hog
Monday, June 14, 1999
In forming a take-out strategy, companies must decide when
to acquire an entire company as opposed to simply snatching up individual assets.
Corixa Corp. opted for the former in its $56.3 million acquisition of Ribi ImmunoChem Research Inc. for two primary reasons: the flexibility offered by RIBI's pipeline
and the chance for CRXA to add a manufacturing facility.
The late stage of RIBI's adjuvants combined with their versatility
provided the rationale for acquiring RIBI instead of purchasing particular products,
said CRXA Chairman and CEO Steven Gillis. "We wanted the maximum flexibility
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