Johnson & Johnson decided to terminate a $1.6 billion partnership with Argenx to develop the anti-CD70 antibody cusatuzumab to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (AML) and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS).

Now, a few years down the road,

Darmstadt, Germany-based Merck KGaA plunked down €188 million (about $226 million) in upfront cash to acquire exclusive global development and commercialization rights to Debiopharm’s oral Inhibitor of Apoptosis Proteins (IAP) antagonist, xevinapant.

AstraZeneca is selling European rights (excluding Spain and the UK) to the erstwhile blockbuster cholesterol drug Crestor to German pharmaceutical company Grünenthal as the British drugmaker focuses on cancer treatments.

Grünenthal agreed to acquire the European rights (excluding Spain and the UK) to AstraZeneca’s Crestor (rosuvastatin) and its associated brands for a total consideration of up to $350 million.

U.K.-based Celleron Therapeutics signed a licensing agreement with Swiss pharma giant Roche for the worldwide rights to the cancer drug emactuzumab, a monoclonal antibody directed against colony-stimulating factor 1 (CSF-1R) expressed on macrophages.

Verastem signed a definitive deal to sell the company’s global commercial and development rights for Copiktra (duvelisib) to Secura Bio.