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Tesaro sale process seen unlikely to result in deal

Biotech company Tesaro’s sale process is unlikely to result in a deal, sources familiar with the situation told CNBC.

There is nothing imminent at all, the sources said. The expectation the company had in terms of price were not met by the incoming expressions of interest they got from potential bidders, according to the sources.

The biotech firm did not immediately return a CNBC request for comment.

Shares of Tesaro briefly fell more than 11 percent in morning trading, before recovering to trade about 8 percent lower. The stock is part of the iShares Nasdaq biotechnology ETF (IBB), which erased slight gains to nearly 1 percent lower Thursday morning.

Tesaro two-day performance

Source: FactSet

On May 31, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter, that Tesaro is exploring a sale, but interest from bidders was lukewarm. The report estimated a potential deal could be worth more than $9 billion, given Tesaro’s then market value of $7.4 billion.

Tesaro shares fell more than 7 percent from the time of the report through Wednesday’s close.

The Journal report came about two months after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Tesaro’s key drug, niraparib. The drug treats recurrent ovarian cancer by inhibiting the production of proteins called PARPs, a highly sought after function for their potential in developing breakthrough cancer treatments.

— CNBC’s Evelyn Cheng and Reuters contributed to this report.

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