Asia Deal Watch: China’s BravoVax, US-based GeoVax Team Up On Coronavirus Vaccine
Deal news from GeoVax/BravoVax, Onconova/HanX, Zydus Cadila/China Medical System Holdings, EyePoint/Ocumension, Ningbo NewBay Medical/Genentech, Otsuka/PhoreMost, Almirall/WuXi Biologics
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Zydus Cadila expects to launch its DNA COVID-19 vaccine in the first quarter of fiscal 2022 but it already has more advance purchase orders than it can produce. Meanwhile, the Indian firm is confident of saroglitazar being approved for primary biliary cholangitis in the US, with the NCE also poised to become the largest contributor to India sales in three to five years.
Relay raises $400m to kick off July’s second big week of US initial public offerings. Also, Ocumension and Immunotech launch Hong Kong IPOs, Amgen invests $421m in BeiGene’s $2.08bn offering, Cytokinetics gets up to $400m in deal and investment funding, and Imvax closes $111m series C round.
Zydus Cadila hopes to launch its version of Gilead’s remdesivir by end-July in India, even as earlier licensees Hetero Drugs and Cipla have just commercialized the antiviral. Plans for pegylated interferon alfa-2b to treat COVID-19 include a trial in Mexico and an IND in the US. Separately, desidustat is being considered for additional indications.