Venture Funding Deals, November 2015
This article was originally published in Start Up
Derived from Strategic Transactions, Informa’s premium source for tracking life sciences deal activity, the Venture Funding Deals column provides a comprehensive monthly review of emerging life science companies that have received venture funding, including companies within the In Vitro Diagnostics, Medical Devices, and Pharmaceuticals sectors. This month’s column covers deals announced September through October 2015.
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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.