Deal Watch: GSK Invests In Early-Stage Synthetic Lethality Programs At Ideaya
Pharma pays $100m up front and makes $20m equity investment for rights to three preclinical cancer programs. Plus more than 20 deal summaries, including COVID-19-related transactions.
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Merck pays undisclosed upfront fees and promises up to $500m for milestones under licensing and collaboration agreement. Meanwhile, Tetraphase and Xerava are being acquired by La Jolla, after previous bids by Melinta and AcelRx.
Deal Snapshot: Sun inks another commercial partnership to bring psoriasis drug Ilumya to countries outside India, this time teaming with Hikma in the MENA region.