Tech Transfer Deals, September 2015
This article was originally published in Start Up
Derived from Strategic Transactions, Informa’s premium source for tracking life sciences deal activity, the Tech Transfer Deals column provides a monthly review of licensing agreements between companies and universities or other research institutions in the In Vitro Diagnostics, Medical Device, and Pharmaceutical sectors. This month’s column covers deals announced July through August 2015.
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Repare Therapeutics and Bristol Myers Squibb announced a multi-target discovery collaboration potentially worth over $3bn. Alexion Pharmaceuticals entered into a definitive agreement to acquire fellow public biotech Portola Pharmaceuticals $1.44bn. An increase in both follow-on public offerings and PIPE financings boosted biopharma financing significantly from last month.
During Q1, biopharmas brought in an aggregate $13.8bn in financing. M&A value reached $6.9bn, the majority from Gilead Sciences $4.9bn purchase of immuno-oncology firm Forty Seven. Alliances fetched $35bn in potential deal value, dominated by many Big Pharma tie-ups led by a $4bn discovery and development collaboration between AstraZeneca and Silence Therapeutics for siRNA therapeutics.
AstraZeneca and Silence Therapeutics entered a March alliance worth up to $4.08bn for the discovery and development of siRNA drugs for cardiovascular, renal, metabolic and respiratory diseases, while the top April deal was a $3.9bn tie up between Fate Therapeutics and Janssen for iPSC-derived cell-based cancer immunotherapies.