Moving Beyond Cubicin: Cubist Sets The Stage For Long-Term Growth
Cubist has focused on marketing its sole drug, Cubicin, since the antibiotic was approved in 2003, but through business development and clinical progress, the biopharma is in the midst of a transformation.
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The Boston-area company will no longer rely as heavily on the antibiotic Cubicin, once it takes out its partner on a second marketed drug and, separately, a clinical-stage antibiotics company. The deals give Cubist territorial rights to Optimer’s Dificid for C. diff and Trius’s tedizolid for Gram-positive infections for $535 million and $707 million, respectively, plus CVRs.
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