Deal Watch: Roche Aborts But Regeneron, Amgen and Pfizer Sign Up
Deal activity over the past seven days sees Roche knock back Inovio a second time, Regeneron plan for its future via an alliance with Adicet Bio, Amgen supplement its preclinical pipeline with a candidate from Advaxis, and Pfizer shore up its gene therapy ambitions with an acquisition.
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VC deals totaled $8.3bn in the first half of 2019, but the year's total rose to just $11.5bn at the end of September, reflecting only a $3.2bn third quarter gain. Among recent financings, Cygnal emerged from stealth mode with $65m invested to date.
While some companies rushed into gene therapy and exited after a single setback, Asklepios BioPharmaceutical quietly advanced its programs, identifying challenges and overcoming them one at a time. Now, it's ready to advance multiple programs into the clinic.
The big pharma has acquired a 15% equity stake in the privately-held gene therapy developer and an option to purchase all outstanding shares.