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Santen Announces Closing of Asset Purchase Agreement with Respect to Acquisition of Ophthalmology Assets from Merck


Osaka, Japan – October 2nd, 2014 –Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Osaka, Japan) ("Santen") announced today the closing of an remaining assets under the asset purchase agreement ("Agreement") which was entered on May 13, 2014 between Merck & Co., Inc. (Whitehouse Stations, NJ, U.S.A., known as MSD outside of the U.S.A. and Canada) (Merck) with respect to the acquisition of certain ophthalmology assets, have occurred, following the fulfillment of all of the transfer conditions, in accordance with the terms of the Agreement ("2nd Closing") . Accordingly, on October 1st, 2014, Santen completed the payment to Merck as stated below.


Santen announced earlier this year in July that it has completed the transfer of majority of the assets under the Agreement ("1st Closing"). This time, the closing conditions for the assets which were not included in the 1st Closing have been closed. With the completion of the 2nd Closing, all the underlying assets under the Agreement have been closed.


The subject assets for the 2nd Closing are those products intended for Italy and France, which were not included in the 1st Closing. Santen's payment for the 2nd Closing totaled approximately USD 50 million (approximately JPY 5.3 billion).


Santen is funding this transaction with cash on hand.


An impact from the 2nd Closing on Santen’s estimated profit and loss statement remains unchanged for this fiscal year.

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About Santen

As a specialty company dedicated to the ophthalmic and anti-rheumatic fields, Santen carries out the research, development, sales, and marketing of pharmaceuticals. The 2 company has 15 bases in 12 countries globally and delivers products to consumers in more than 50 countries. In Japan, Santen holds the No. 1 share in the prescription ophthalmic pharmaceutical market. As a leading company in the field of ophthalmology, Santen aims to contribute to society by supplying valuable products and services to satisfy unmet medical needs. Please refer to for more information.

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