Deal Watch: Bristol Leaves Neuropathic Pain Candidate To Lexicon
Verastem steps in where AbbVie exited, agreeing to license Infinity’s duvelisib in hematologic cancer indications. Celldex grows its immuno-oncology pipeline with buyout of private Yale Medical School-spinout Kolltan.
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Private Company Edition: BIO comments suggest definitions of personal data expand the scope of foreign investments in biotech companies that must be reviewed by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Also, NeuroRx’s $95m deal leads recent private financings.
Finance Watch: Panic Over FDA Commissioner's Resignation Was Short-Lived, Though IPOs Still Languish
Public Company Edition: Biotech stocks sank when US FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced his departure, but have nearly recovered to pre-resignation levels, except for newly public firms. Also, Biohaven's raises cash for PRV purchase and Endo issues $1.5bn in new debt.
Finance Watch: Surrozen Raises $33m In $483m February Flurry; Also, Are Reverse Mergers This Year's IPOs?
Surrozen raised $33m to fund drug development programs targeting Wnt ligands for various indications during a February VC financing flurry that occurred despite a drop in IPOs. Taking an alternative route to going public, some biopharma companies have completed reverse mergers in recent weeks and months.