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PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) today announced an agreement with Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (hereafter, “Otsuka”) to extend the U.S. portion of the companies’ long-standing agreement for the development and commercialization of ABILIFY®(aripiprazole) from the currently scheduled end date of November 2012 until the expected loss of exclusivity in April 2015. In addition, the companies have established an oncology collaboration for two Bristol-Myers Squibb products -- SPRYCEL® (dasatinib) and IXEMPRA® (ixabepilone).
“The announcement today is further evidence that Bristol-Myers Squibb is delivering on its commitments to advance its transformation to a leading next-generation BioPharma,” said Lamberto Andreotti, president and chief operating officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “The agreement with our long-standing and valued collaborator Otsuka will help build our earnings base for 2013 and transition us to an expected period of growth in 2014 and beyond. Further, our balance sheet remains strong, which allows us to pursue business development opportunities as part of our String of Pearls strategy.
“We are very pleased to continue our important work with Otsuka on ABILIFY. Our collaboration to develop this medicine that helps people with serious mental disorders has resulted in it becoming one of the industry’s most successful products,” he continued. “The expanded agreement also provides an opportunity for Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka to work together in oncology. We believe that sharing our collective resources will benefit the cancer patients we serve.”
To provide details on the extended agreement and related financial updates, Bristol-Myers Squibb will hold an investor call today at 8:30 a.m. Investors and the general public are invited to listen to a live webcast of the call at http://investor.bms.com or by dialing 913-312-0823, confirmation code: 3681495.
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Financial Guidance and Long-Term Outlook
The financial guidance and long-term outlook provided in this press release are based upon current expectations and exclude specified items, the impact of any potential strategic transactions and the current global economic downturn/crisis. The long-term outlook further assumes that the Company and Otsuka maintain U.S. exclusivity for the Abilify patent through at least 2014.
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