Shares of Amarin Corp (AMRN) gained up to 14% during the regular trading hours on Friday as rumors of an acquisition once again gained momentum. Though there has been no official confirmation, rumors have been taking rounds that Novartis (NVS) might be interested in acquiring the Dublin-based biopharma company.
A Novartis spokesperson told AlphaStreet that the company does not respond to rumors and market speculations.
Market observers feel Amarin’s fish oil drug Vascepa holds a lot of promise and Novartis’s buyout interest could be centered on this.
Last month, Amarin shares had jumped almost 20% after speculations emerged that Pfizer (PFE) was looking to acquire the company. However, there has been no further reports of the talks being successful.
In a clinical study conducted in September last year, Vascepa met its primary and secondary endpoints with around 25% relative risk reduction in the treated population. The test was conducted on about 8,200 patients suffering from cardiovascular diseases.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the Number 1 reason for deaths in the US and causes one death in every 38 seconds. Also, $555 billion is spent annually to treat CVD and this is expected to double within 20 years.
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