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Schering on possible TRA partners

Executive Summary

Talks with pharmaceutical companies about a potential collaboration on its Phase III thrombin receptor antagonist for atherothrombosis have reached a stumbling block because potential partners have no comparably valuable asset to offer in return, CEO Fred Hassan said during the Morgan Stanley CEOs Unplugged conference Jan. 3. The firm is apparently looking for a quid pro quo relationship: "We are asking them to show us a quid that has the same kind of value so that we can diversify on both sides, and unfortunately for the larger companies they have nothing to show us. That is the biggest challenge," he said. Schering has "talked to practically all the big companies" and remains open to further discussions, he added. Schering announced its interest in partnering on TRA several months ago 1("The Pink Sheet" Oct. 29, 2007, p. 5)...

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