Venture Funding Deals: Stem Cell Venture BlueRock Launches With Major Funding
With backing from Bayer and others, the US-based venture will develop iPSC therapies for cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases; other notable new financings involve Cerevance, Goldfinch Bio, NeuroPharma and Tenaya. 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 biopharmaceutical companies that have received venture funding. This month’s column covers deals announced November through December 2016.
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Dealmaking Quarterly Statistics, Q1 2023
During Q1, biopharma merger and acquisition deal value reached $51.9bn and drew in $38.1bn in potential deal value from alliances. Device company M&A values reached $4.8bn, while in vitro diagnostics and research tools players’ M&A activity totaled $2.7bn.
Deals In Depth: April 2023
Six $1bn+ alliances were penned in April. Topping the list was a potential $2.55bn multi-year deal between Proxygen and Merck to jointly identify and develop molecular glue degraders against multiple therapeutic targets. The collaboration will allow Proxygen to leverage its platform and advance Merck's understanding in molecular glue degraders to open new avenues in the pursuit of novel therapeutics.