Why Zalicus (ZLCS) Stock Is Soaring Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Zalicus  (ZLCS) soared Wednesday after the biopharmaceutical company announced it would merge with Epirus Biopharmaceuticals

After the all-stock transaction closes, Zalicus will be known as Epirus and will operate under the latter company's management team led by Amit Munshi as president and CEO. Current Zalicus stockholders will own approximately 19% of the company. The merger will create a publicly-traded company listed on the NASDAQ.

"Under the new company structure, we will continue to aggressively advance our pipeline of biosimilars, and address diverse global biosimilar markets through local partnerships," Munshi said in a statement. "Through this transaction, we gain access to additional financial resources as well as clinical trial experience in the rheumatoid arthritis space. Our combined team is committed to expanding patient access to important medications."

Zalicus soared 42.71% to $1.47 at 10:39 a.m. More than 8.1 million shares had changed hands, well above the average volume of 703,340. 

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