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Federal Trade Commission. (12/16/19). "Press Release: Federal Trade Commission Closes Investigation of Roche Holding AG’s Proposed Acquisition of Spark Therapeutics, Inc.".

Region Region United States (USA)
Organisation Organisation Spark Therapeutics Inc.
  Group Roche (Group)
Products Product gene therapy hemophilia A
  Product 2 Hemlibra®
Index term Index term Spark Therapeutics–Roche: investment, 201902–201912 acquisition $4.3b cash tender offer for all shares at $114.5/share

The Federal Trade Commission has closed its investigation into Roche Holding AG’s proposed acquisition of Spark Therapeutics, Inc.

According to a Commission Statement, after an exhaustive, 10-month investigation into whether the merger would lessen potential competition in the U.S. market for hemophilia A therapies, the evidence “did not indicate that Roche would have the incentive to delay or terminate Spark’s developmental effort for its hemophilia A gene therapy, or that the acquisition would affect Roche’s incentives regarding [its hemophilia treatment drug] Hemlibra.”

The Commission vote to close the investigation was 5-0.

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Betsy Lordan
Office of Public Affairs

Record changed: 2020-01-09


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