Ironwood: On track to complete separation into two companies in 1H19
"Ironwood's performance during the second quarter was driven by year-over-year topline growth of approximately 25%, continued strong LINZESS demand, initiation of Phase III programs for IW-3718 and linaclotide, and further enrollment in Phase II trials for praliciguat and olinciguat," said Peter Hecht, CEO of Ironwood. "In addition, during the second quarter we announced our intent to separate into two independent, publicly traded companies, each with focused missions and opportunities for significant growth. We have made substantial progress and remain on track to complete the separation in the first half of 2019." Following the separation, Ironwood anticipates being a profitable company leveraging its core expertise in GI diseases to advance a strong portfolio of in-market and development programs, including LINZESS, IW-3718 and linaclotide delayed release. Following completion of the separation, the plan is for the two companies to have separate, non-overlapping boards of directors and independent governance structures. It is also expected that there will be no ongoing funding between the two new companies following the separation, other than certain shorter-term transition and other services.