NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / October 2, 2017 / Celgene and Acceleron both saw their share prices head higher this past Friday after it was learned that Celgene has purchased 750,000 more shares of Acceleron in a public offering. The two companies are partners in a lead program for Luspatercept. Luspatercept is in phase 3 trials for myelodysplastic syndromes and beta-thalassemia, and will remain "our number one priority for the next three years," said Acceleron CEO Habib Dable.
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Celgene Corporation's shares closed up 2.14% this past Friday and came 13 cents shy of hitting their 52-week high. The biopharma company is the largest holder of Acceleron Pharma and is a partner for the company's lead program, Luspatercept, and for sotatercept. It was revealed last week that Celgene purchased 750,000 shares of Acceleron for $28 million. In other news, Celgene and Health2047 have agreed to collaborate to build a data transfer tool for healthcare. Health2047's CEO Dr. Doug GIven said that Celgene is the first of many collaboration partners that will be announced this year. "We are establishing a platform for data transfer with features that are important to Celgene. We have a joint strategy and joint project development teams. We're building apps to address their business needs," he stated.
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Acceleron Pharma Inc.'s shares closed up 4.27% on Friday with about 750,000 shares traded. Celgene made a big purchase in the company. The biotech purchased 750,000 shares of Acceleron in a public offering for $28million. Celgene is still Accerlones largest shareholder and is a partner in a lead program for Luspatercept and Sotatercept. Luspatercept is a potentially first-in-class anemia treatment for MDS and beta-thalassemia that is being developed by Acceleron Pharma in collaboration with Celgene. Sotatercept is also jointly developed with partner Celgene for the treatment of diseases in which anemia is common, but recently the companies changed the amendment of their agreement to give Acceleron the right to develop the drug for pulmonary diseases. CEO Habib Dable recently commented, "Sotatercept will be the lead family in our new pulmonary disease franchise."
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