Baxter to split into pharma & biopharma companies

Baxter International Inc. has announced plans to create two separate, independent global healthcare companies: one focused on developing and marketing innovative biopharmaceuticals and the other on traditional medical products.  The transaction is expected to be completed by mid-year 2015.

Baxter has positioned both businesses to be successful, profitable and sustainable independent companies. To date, this has led to the development of a robust pipeline of novel and cost-effective therapies and numerous in-licensing collaborations within the biopharmaceuticals business, and the medical products portfolio was recently bolstered by the acquisition of Gambro AB, a global provider and leader of dialysis products, providing a number of longer-term growth opportunities as well as significant commercial and cost synergies.

Baxter has an established history of executing successful spinoffs, and we have continued to evaluate the separation of these two businesses in response to diverging business dynamics and the rapidly changing macro-environment,” said Robert L. Parkinson, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer. “This decision underscores Baxter’s commitment to ensuring its long-term strategic priorities remain aligned with shareholders’ best interests, while improving our competitive position and performance, enhancing operational, commercial and scientific effectiveness and creating value for patients, healthcare providers, and other key stakeholders.