Deals In Depth: March And April 2020
AstraZeneca and Silence Therapeutics entered a March alliance worth up to $4.08bn for the discovery and development of siRNA drugs for cardiovascular, renal, metabolic and respiratory diseases, while the top April deal was a $3.9bn tie up between Fate Therapeutics and Janssen for iPSC-derived cell-based cancer immunotherapies.
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During Q1, biopharmas brought in an aggregate $13.8bn in financing. M&A value reached $6.9bn, the majority from Gilead Sciences $4.9bn purchase of immuno-oncology firm Forty Seven. Alliances fetched $35bn in potential deal value, dominated by many Big Pharma tie-ups led by a $4bn discovery and development collaboration between AstraZeneca and Silence Therapeutics for siRNA therapeutics.
A review of biopharma start-up dealmaking and financing activity from January through March 2020, based on data from Biomedtracker.
Last year, a total of 67 biopharma and medtech companies completed initial public offerings (IPOs), raising for $8.55bn between them.