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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In the latest instalment of VC Playbook, In Vivo gets to know Arix Bioscience, a relatively young venture capital firm that went public in 2016. Arix has “has many similarities yet some key differences from a typical venture capital firm,” says the management team.
Biogen and Denali entered into a potential $2.15bn alliance for Denali’s DNL151 for Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. Siemens Healthineers announced plans to acquire Varian Medical for $16.4bn. Financing reached $7.9bn in biopharma, $501m in device, and $639m in diagnostics.
Innovation has come of age in Asia, throwing up investment opportunities in China, Singapore and other Southeast Asian countries that Novo Holdings plans to tap into, says CEO Kasim Kutay. The firm's Asia head, Amit Kakar, also outlines therapeutic areas of interest for the company, which is managing $65bn worth of assets.
CMS patent attorneys Jane Hollywood and Rob Stephen say COVID-19 has not dented the enthusiasm of medtech start-up entrepreneurs from pushing back the technology boundaries in patient care delivery – in fact, they are getting younger.
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