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Merck and Quartet Enter Into Strategic Agreement

January 06, 2016

NEW YORK – Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, represented Merck & Co., Inc. in a strategic agreement with Quartet Medicine, a biotechnology company focused on the development of novel treatments for chronic pain and inflammation.

Under the terms of the agreement, Merck obtains an exclusive option to purchase Quartet. If Merck exercises its option, Quartet will receive a pre-determined option exercise payment along with potential development, regulatory and sales milestones of up to $575 million in total.

In return, Quartet will receive up to $20 million split equally across an upfront payment and an undisclosed future development milestone. This research and development funding will be used to advance Quartet’s lead program through Phase 2a clinical proof-of-concept for the treatment of pain.

The Paul Hastings team was led by M&A partners David Shine and Samuel Waxman, and included associate Rachel Harrison.

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