Clinuvel receives takeover offer from a notorious short seller
Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals, drug developer for skin diseases from Melbourne, has received an unsolicited $95 million takeover offer from a controversial biotech company Retrophin, soon after sudden passing of Clinuvel's long time director Jack Wood.
On behalf of VRF management, we offer our sincere condolences to Jack's wife and family. Jack Wood was a remarkable person with a vision, big heart and brilliant sense of humor. Clinuvel is awaiting clearance from the European drug regulator for the use of its drug Scenesse in the treatment of a rare skin disease Erythropoietic Protoporphyria and potentially, in vitiligo.
Once a notorious short seller with loud public pressure, Reptophin's CEO Martin Shkreli now aims at drugs for ultra-rare and dangerous conditions. Clinuvel has appointed an advisory firm in the defense against the hostile offer.