Deals In Depth: December 2020
Merck KGaA and Artios penned a global three-year strategic research collaboration to discover and develop multiple precision oncology drugs. The deal could be worth close to $7bn for four-year-old Artios. AstraZeneca announced a definitive agreement to acquire public rare disease drug developer Alexion for approximately $39bn. This was 2020’s largest M&A. Financing reached $28bn in biopharma, $879m in device, and $2.4bn 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.