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Merck to Acquire Peloton Therapeutics for About $1B in Cash

M. Corey Goldman

on Tuesday said it agreed to buy privately held Peloton Therapeutics for about $1 billion in cash, giving it access to Peloton's molecular therapy biotech treatments currently in development for patients with cancer and other non-oncology diseases. Under terms of the agreement, Merck, through a subsidiary, will acquire all outstanding shares of Peloton in exchange for an upfront payment of $1.05 billion in cash, the company said. Peloton shareholders also will be eligible to receive a further $1.15 billion contingent upon successful achievement of future regulatory and sales milestones for certain candidates.