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Atlas pledges to explore areas of mutual interest to the firm and its new corporate limited partners, but the drug firms won’t receive exclusive rights to anything in the new fund’s portfolio.
Follow-on public offerings continued to dominate, with 19 transactions making up almost half of Q2’s $2.7 billion financing volume. M&A dollars, up nearly four times that of Q1, totaled $34.7 billion, for 28 completed transactions, seven of which topped the billion dollar mark. In alliances, the Q2 potential deal value – also largely increased over the previous quarter’s – marked possibly the highest amount ever seen along with maybe the most expensive deal ever: Walgreen $6.6 billion agreement to purchase a minority equity share in Alliance Boots, bringing in over half of Q2’s value.
The Dealmaking column is a survey of recent transactions, including strategic alliances, mergers & acquisitions, and financings, in the life sciences industries. Deals are listed by the following industry sectors: in vitro diagnostics, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and research/analytical instrumentation and reagents. All transactions are excerpted from Elsevier's Strategic Transactions database, providing comprehensive transaction coverage from 1991 to the present.
Epizyme’s recent alliance with Celgene validates industry’s interest in histone methyltransferase inhibitors, a kinase-like class of epigenetic enzymes. Celgene’s willingness to cede US rights in return for access to preclinical assets belies HMTs’ novelty and helps to position Epizyme for potential success as a US-focused oncology company. Despite the strong start, it won’t be easy.
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