Eli Lilly to acquire Morphic for $3.2 billion

Eli Lilly to acquire Morphic for $3.2 billion

Eli Lilly said Monday it will acquire Morphic Holding, a biotech developing a treatment for inflammatory bowel disease. Lilly will pay about $3.2 billion to buy the Waltham, Mass.-based company. That translates to $57 per share, a premium of roughly 79% from Morphic’s Friday closing price. Morphic’s lead candidate, MORF-057, is an oral small molecule that blocks α4β7 integrin. It’s being studied in two Phase 2 trials for ulcerative colitis and one Phase 2 trial for Crohn’s disease. The company …