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More C-Suite level pharma executives are lending their domain expertise to private equity firms, which then use their skills for commercial due diligence on targets or in an operating partner role in portfolio companies once a deal is sealed. PEs are also increasingly opting for control deals, at least in India, with an aim to run the acquired firm professionally thereon.
Most roads led to India in 2020 when it came to deals to expand access to COVID-19 therapies, but the challenging year also saw significant private equity interest and there are expectations of more action ahead in the new year.
Having just entered into drug discovery partnerships with Surface Oncology and Adrestia, GSK is paying £34m upfront to team up with Sosei Heptares to evaluate treatments for gastrointestinal immune disorders.