Elan Corporation, plc (NYSE:ELN) announced today that its Board of Directors has approved the spin-off of the discovery science and Neotope Biosciences from the company. Completion of this transaction will create two independent, highly focused, public companies that will enable investors to align timelines, risk and returns in order to best achieve their investment objectives. The two companies will be:
A focused business that will generate growth; immediate and long term profits; and expanding margins. Additionally, this profitable business will be able to utilize our advantageous tax structure and create incremental after-tax earnings to the direct benefit of shareholders.
Initially consisting of three main assets: Tysabri (marketed in collaboration with Biogen Idec) for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and other potential indications; ELND005 a small molecule asset that is Phase 2/Phase 2b ready in a range of neuropsychiatry and symptomatic diseases that targets non-amyloid pathologies; and lastly, the continued interest in Janssen AI which with Pfizer manages the on-going AIP portfolio including Phase 2 Bapineuzumab (subQ); Phase 2 vaccine (ACC-001) and Phase 1 AAB-003 (mab).
Drug discovery business platform, originally established in 2010, focused primarily on identifying and translating targets into potential therapies for chronic degenerative and other related disease areas. This entity will continue to focus on innovation, differentiated scientific advancement, unique intellectual property creation and translational capability to transform science into clinical assets.
Transaction Conditions and Timeline
Completion of the spin-off is subject to conditions, including approval by our shareholders and by holders of our 2016 Notes, which the Company will be seeking as soon as is practical. Additional details of the proposed spin-off, including proportionate shareholding and separate financial information relating to both Elan and to Neotope Biosciences will be provided to shareholders. If the transaction is effected, we expect there to be a separate listing of Neotope Biosciences on a U.S. exchange, by the end of 2012. Elan will incur a charge upon completion of the transaction.