Novartis buys British gene therapy firm Gyroscope for $1.5B

There are no approved treatments for geographic atrophy yet, company says

Novartis said Wednesday it made a deal to acquire all the outstanding share capital of the UK-based ocular gene therapy company Gyroscope Therapeutics.

The Swiss-based multinational pharmaceutical corporation said in a statement it will make an upfront payment of $800 million and potential additional milestone payments of up to $700 million.

“Novartis has a well-established expertise in ocular gene therapies that will position us well to continue developing this promising one-time treatment,”said President Marie-France Tschudin.

The move will strengthen Novartis’ position on geographic atrophy research, which is an advanced form of dry age-related macular degeneration that leads to progressive and irreversible vision loss.

While there are no approved treatments for geographic atrophy, it is one of the most significant diseases waiting for a cure in retinal research, it added.

Syncona Ltd., which is the parent company of Gyroscope Therapeutics, said the upfront proceeds from the deal will further strengthen its capital pool.


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