UPDATE 1-Enzon to sell specialty pharma unit
* Deal for $300 mln in cash
* Sale to sigma-tau Group
Nov 9 (Reuters) - Enzon Pharmaceuticals Inc (ENZN.O) said it agreed to sell its specialty pharmaceutical business to Italy-based pharmaceutical company, sigma-tau Group, for $300 million in cash and said it will focus on its pipeline and technology platforms.
Under the deal, Enzon will also receive potential milestone payments of up to $27 million and royalties of 5 percent to 10 percent on incremental net sales above a 2009 baseline amount from its four marketed specialty pharmaceutical products through 2014.
Enzon's specialty pharmaceutical business includes a manufacturing facility in Indianapolis, Indiana and four marketed products -- Oncaspar, Adagen, DepoCyt, and Abelcet.
Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of the group, will distribute the products in the U.S. market.
The deal is expected to close during the first quarter of 2010.
Shares of Enzon closed at $8.98 Friday on Nasdaq. (Reporting by Jennifer Robin Raj in Bangalore; Editing by Aradhana Aravindan)
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