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Big Partnerships Give Biotechs A Boost To Richer Exits

This article was originally published in Start Up

Executive Summary

Biotechs in recent years are more likely to fetch a higher acquisition price – practically the only way for investors to exit these days – if the company has previously signed a major alliance. But the partners aren't necessarily the ones buying.

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With M&A exits on the minds of venture investors and management alike, the idea that a strategic alliance on an important project or platform application might dilute downstream acquisition value is a serious consideration for biotech firms. Yet an analysis of private biotech acquisitions from January 2005 through early September 2008 suggests that those firms that strike a strategic alliance prior to acquisition actually do much better, exit-wise, for their backers.

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Sangamo licensed Biogen zinc finger protein transcription factor candidates in an alliance worth over $2bn. Exercising an option it gained in 2017, Takeda bought celiac disease-focused PvP Biologics for up to $330m in earn-outs. A strong showing of IPOs prompted biopharma financing to increase from last month.

Deals Shaping The Medical Industry, March 2020

Derived from Strategic Transactions, Informa’s premium source for tracking life sciences deal activity, the Dealmaking column is a survey of recent health care transactions listed by relevant industry segment – In Vitro Diagnostics, Medical Devices, and Pharmaceuticals – and then categorized by type – Acquisition, Alliance, or Financing. This month’s column covers deals announced February 2020.

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