Deals Shaping The Medical Industry, September 2020
Derived from Biomedtracker, the Deal-Making 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.
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But advisory committee members caution against including pediatric population in COVID-19 vaccine trials, and one member expresses concern that Pfizer is testing those as young as 12 years of age. Agency is in discussions with product sponsors about enrollment of adolescents.
Public Company Edition: Four health care special purpose acquisition vehicles went public and two others announced mergers, but only one biopharma firm priced an IPO during the week of 19-23 October. Replimune’s $250m offering led recent FOPOs.