Anglo-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca said on Monday (January 9) that it had struck a deal to buy US-based drug developer CinCor Pharma for up to $1.8 billion
to increase its stock of heart and kidney drugs.
Core to the deal is CinCor‘s experimental therapy baxdrostat, which is in development to treat conditions including high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease.
AstraZeneca aims to combine baxdrostat with its own Farxiga, a diabetes drug whose sales ballooned after it was also shown to benefit patients with heart failure
and kidney disease.
Farxiga, whose sales jumped by almost 50 per cent during the first nine months of 2022 to reach $3.2 billion, belongs to a highly competitive class of drugs that
includes rivals such as Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly’s Jardiance.
AstraZeneca gets about a third of its revenue from cancer drugs, but its heart, kidney and diabetes medicines are its second most lucrative business by sales,
generating roughly $6.9 billion of the drugmaker’s total revenue of more than $33 billion in the first three quarters of 2022.