Industry experts expect a continued uptick in deals valued between $2bn-$10bn this year as buyers look to add critical mass in areas like oncology, rare disease and cell and gene therapy. Divestitures to free up capital and narrow focus should continue too.
The US Nasdaq exchange has become the only option for ambitious UK and European biotechs.
In the latest instalment of our VC playbook series, In Vivo sits down with Roel Bulthuis, managing partner at INKEF Capital, to discuss the group’s approach to health care investing in Europe, the importance of funding a team not just a project and how life sciences venture capital is evolving with the emergence of health tech.
UK-centric investment firm Syncona’s model of “founding, building and funding” early-stage biotech companies – with a commitment to the longer term – hopes to help make Great Britain a cell and gene therapy powerhouse.
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Two-year-old Insitro penned a potential $2.07bn collaboration with Bristol Myers Squibb focused on the discovery and development of therapies for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). The start-up will apply its ISH platform to create induced pluripotent stem cell-derived disease models. BMS also announced a definitive agreement to acquire MyoKardia for $13.1bn in cash. Financing reached $10.4bn in biopharma, $1.4bn in device, and $1.7bn in diagnostics.
Therapeutic areas and unmet needs drive big company decision-making about when and what technologies to bring in from external sources, executives explained during a panel at the 2020 Cell and Gene Therapy Meeting on the Mesa.
Outcome Capital analyzed transactional activity by the largest biopharmaceutical companies in the three-and-a-half-year period between January 2017 and June 2020 to reveal development and therapeutic areas trends.
During Q3 biopharmas reached $41.7bn in merger and acquisition value and drew in $44.4bn in potential deal value from alliances. Device company M&A values reached $17.9bn while in vitro diagnostic firms and research tools players completed M&A activity that totaled $8.2bn.
During Q3, biopharmas brought in an aggregate $36.6bn in financing and device company fundraising totaled $3.3bn; while in vitro diagnostic firms and research tools players raised $3.4bn.
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