Deals In Depth: August 2019
Celgene was involved in the two largest alliances of August: one to divest a product to satisfy regulatory conditions of its acquisition by Bristol-Myers Squibb and the other to develop adoptive cell therapies. There was continued acquisition activity in the CDMO market as Cambrex was bought out by investment firm Permira. Biopharma and device funding were both down.
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Sangamo licensed Biogen zinc finger protein transcription factor candidates in an alliance worth over $2bn. Exercising an option it gained in 2017, Takeda bought celiac disease-focused PvP Biologics for up to $330m in earn-outs. A strong showing of IPOs prompted biopharma financing to increase from last month.
Derived from Strategic Transactions, Informa’s premium source for tracking life sciences deal activity, the Dealmaking column is a survey of recent health care transactions listed by relevant industry segment – In Vitro Diagnostics, Medical Devices, and Pharmaceuticals – and then categorized by type – Acquisition, Alliance, or Financing. This month’s column covers deals announced February 2020.
Device financing during 2019’s final quarter totaled $1.6bn, a substantial decrease from Q3’s $4.05bn. Merger and acquisition activity, almost doubled from the previous quarter reaching $6.1bn; Stryker’s 4.7bn takeover of Wright Medical was the only billion-dollar transaction. Financings by diagnostics/research players totaled $1.3bn (the lowest quarter of the year) and eight companies were acquired, five of which together were valued at $981m.