March 13 (Reuters) - Innoviva Inc :
* Innoviva Inc issues statement
* "Have communicated our openness to Sarissa regarding a continuing dialogue and have offered to have further discussions with them"
* Reached out to Sarissa following submission of proposal and had discussions with Sarissa and each of their nominees
* Says "constructive dialogue," however, does not require replacing Innoviva's independent directors with Sarissa nominees Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: