THOUSAND OAKS, California (
could approach Swiss drugmaker
with a takeover offer this week,
Amgen, the world's biggest biotechnology company, is considering a takeover offer for Actelion to gain new medicines for rare diseases,
says, citing two people with knowledge of the matter.
Actelion learned recently of a potential bid from Amgen, and in a defensive move discussed asking
Johnson & Johnson
to consider taking a minority stake, the people said.
Actelion is the world's biggest maker of pulmonary arterial hypertension drugs.
An Amgen spokesman declined to comment for
on the company's potential bid. Actelion, meanwhile, said in a statement Wednesday that "as part of its ordinary course of business, the company is in regular dialogue with other industry participants."
Amgen hasn't made a final decision and a formal offer may not emerge, one of the people said,
-- Written by Joseph Woelfel
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