Venture Funding Deals: Locana Gets Ready To Take On ALS, Huntington's With Gene Editing
The series A fundraising will help Locana bring CRISPR gene editing to diseases with dysfunctional RNA. Artizan and OncoMyx are among the other firms with recent series A rounds.
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BeiGene and Novartis penned a potential $2.2bn collaboration for the development, manufacture, and commercialization of BeiGene’s humanized IgG4 anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibody tislelizumab in the US, Canada, Mexico, member countries of the EU, the UK, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Russia, and Japan. Steris entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cantel Medical, a global provider of infection prevention products and services primarily to endoscopy and dental customers. The total enterprise value of the deal is estimated at $4.6bn. Financing reached $10.5bn in biopharma, $984m in device, and $2.7bn in diagnostics.
During Q4, device company fundraising totaled $4.2bn; while in vitro diagnostic firms and research tools players raised $6.1bn.