Gaithersburg’s Emergent BioSolutions Announces Sale of Travel Health Business to Bavarian Nordic for Up To $380 Million

Gaithersburg’s Emergent BioSolutions, located at 300 Professional Drive, announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its travel health business to Bavarian Nordic (BVNRY) for a total value of up to $380 million, including potential future milestone payments. this announcement was made the same week the company announced that its NARCAN nasal spray was one step closer to FDA approval.

Per the press release: Under the terms of the definitive agreement, Bavarian Nordic will acquire the rights to VIVOTIF®, indicated for the active immunization to prevent typhoid fever, and VAXCHORA®, indicated for the active immunization to prevent cholera, as well as the development-stage chikungunya vaccine candidate CHIKV VLP. Bavarian Nordic will also acquire Emergent’s manufacturing site in Bern, Switzerland, and development facilities in San Diego, California. Approximately 280 current Emergent employees are expected to join Bavarian Nordic as part of the transaction.

“This agreement enables these important vaccines to continue to get to patients and customers who need them while allowing us to further sharpen our focus on protecting and enhancing life through our core products and contract manufacturing services businesses,” said Robert G. Kramer, Emergent president and chief executive officer. “I want to thank our Emergent teammates who will be joining Bavarian Nordic for their dedication to developing and delivering these products that address global health needs.”

The sale of its travel health business builds on Emergent’s previously announced strategic prioritization of its medical countermeasure products, such as ACAM2000® (Smallpox (Vaccinia) Vaccine, Live), TEMBEXA® (brincidofovir), RSDL® (Reactive Skin Decontamination Lotion Kit), several anthrax products, and opioid overdose reversal medicine NARCAN® (naloxone HCl) Nasal Spray, and contract development and manufacturing services businesses. Together, these actions will improve profitability and position Emergent for steady, sustainable growth over the long term.

Emergent will further discuss this transaction during the conference call associated with the announcement of its fourth quarter and full year 2022 financial results scheduled for post-market close on February 27, 2023.

Transaction Details
Upon closing of the transaction, Bavarian Nordicwill pay Emergent $270 million in upfront cash consideration. Additionally, Bavarian Nordic will pay Emergent up to $30 million in sales-based milestones associated with the commercial products and up to $80 million in development-based milestones associated with the CHIKV VLP program. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2023, subject to regulatory clearance and customary closing conditions.

For Emergent BioSolutions, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC served as financial advisor, and Barnes & Thornburg LLP served as legal counsel for this transaction.

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