Deals In Depth: May 2020
Repare Therapeutics and Bristol Myers Squibb announced a multi-target discovery collaboration potentially worth over $3bn. Alexion Pharmaceuticals entered into a definitive agreement to acquire fellow public biotech Portola Pharmaceuticals $1.44bn. An increase in both follow-on public offerings and PIPE financings boosted biopharma financing significantly from last month.
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Device financing totaled $1.4bn during the first quarter of 2020. Merger and acquisition activity reached $714.5m, with only two transactions hitting the six-figure mark. Financings by diagnostics/research players totaled $985m and just six companies were acquired, four of which together were valued at $11.6bn, most coming from Thermo Fisher Scientific’s $11.5bn buy of fellow public life sciences company Qiagen NV.
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.
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.