Merck to acquire EyeBio


United States

Merck & Co Inc is to spend up to $3 billion to acquire a privately-held ophthalmology company and build a pipeline of candidate drugs for eye diseases. The company, Eyebiotech Ltd, was founded in August 2021 by two physicians and the venture capital group SV Health Investors. It has a lead drug poised to enter Phase 2b/3 for the treatment of patients with diabetic macular oedema. Merck will pay $1.3 billion upfront for the company, with future milestone payments amounting to up to $1.7 billion.