Deals In Depth: November 2020
Biogen and Sage Therapeutics penned a potential $3.1bn global collaboration for Sage’s zuranolone (SAGE-217) for major depressive disorder, postpartum depression and other psychiatric disorders, and SAGE-324 for essential tremor and other neurological disorders. In the month’s top M&A, Merck agreed to acquire privately held VelosBio for $2.75bn in cash. VelosBio is developing first-in-class cancer therapies targeting receptor tyrosine kinase-like orphan receptor 1. Financing reached $12.8bn in biopharma, $2.9bn in device, and $2bn in diagnostics.
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BeiGene and Novartis penned a potential $2.2bn collaboration for the development, manufacture, and commercialization of BeiGene’s humanized IgG4 anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibody tislelizumab in the US, Canada, Mexico, member countries of the EU, the UK, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Russia, and Japan. Steris entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cantel Medical, a global provider of infection prevention products and services primarily to endoscopy and dental customers. The total enterprise value of the deal is estimated at $4.6bn. Financing reached $10.5bn in biopharma, $984m in device, and $2.7bn in diagnostics.
During Q4, device company fundraising totaled $4.2bn; while in vitro diagnostic firms and research tools players raised $6.1bn.
During Q4, biopharma merger and acquisition value reached $73.9bn and drew in $54.5bn in potential deal value from alliances. Device company M&A values reached $5.7bn, while in vitro diagnostic firms and research tools players completed M&A activity that totaled $3.3bn.