MORRISVILLE, N.C. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The stockholders of Furiex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: FURX) voted today at a special meeting of stockholders to adopt the previously announced agreement and plan of merger, dated as of April 27, 2014, providing for the merger of Furiex with an entity now controlled by Forest Laboratories, LLC, a subsidiary of Actavis plc (NYSE: ACT). Actavis completed its acquisition of Forest Laboratories, Inc. on July 1, 2014. The votes cast by Furiex’s stockholders in favor of the proposal to adopt the merger agreement represented approximately 79.85% of Furiex’s issued and outstanding common stock entitled to vote as of May 29, 2014, the record date for the special meeting.
Furiex today also announced that it has received notice of clearance of the proposed merger from the Ukrainian Antimonopoly Committee.
The receipt of the approval of Furiex’s stockholders of the proposal to adopt the merger agreement and clearance by the Ukrainian Antimonopoly Committee satisfy two of the conditions to consummation of the proposed merger. The consummation of the merger remains subject to certain other closing conditions set forth in the merger agreement and discussed in detail in the definitive proxy statement filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission by Furiex on June 4, 2014 and supplemented on June 23, 2014, but is expected to occur in the near future.
Furiex Pharmaceuticals is a drug development collaboration company that uses innovative clinical development design to accelerate and increase value of drug development programs by advancing them through the drug discovery and development process in a cost-efficient manner. Our drug development programs are designed and driven by a core team with extensive drug development experience. Furiex collaborates with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and has a diversified product portfolio and pipeline with multiple therapeutic candidates, including one Phase III-ready asset, one compound in Phase III development, one compound which is with a partner pending regulatory approval in Japan, and four products on the market. Furiex’s mission is to develop innovative medicines faster and at a lower cost, thereby improving profitability and accelerating time to market while providing life-improving therapies for patients. For more information, visit www.furiex.com.
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