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Finance Watch: A SPACtacular Week For Biopharma Deals And Dollars

Public Company Edition: Four health care special purpose acquisition vehicles went public and two others announced mergers, but only one biopharma firm priced an IPO during the week of 19-23 October. Replimune’s $250m offering led recent FOPOs.

Financing Deals

Ultragenyx Enters Duchenne Gene Therapy Space In $295m Deal With Solid Biosciences

Ultragenyx enters a competitive and complicated market, but the combination of its manufacturing platform with Solid’s transgene could provide an advantage. 

Deals Gene Therapy

Retrophin Bolsters Portfolio With Orphan Technologies Buyout

The rare disease-focused firm will pay $90m up front to acquire Orphan Technologies and its Phase I/II enzyme replacement therapy for homocystinuria. Earnouts up to $427m are possible as well.

Deals M & A

Coronavirus Update: Gilead's Veklury Gets Full FDA Approval, Roche Partners With Atea

Gilead's remdesivir is first drug fully approved by FDA to treat COVID-19. Roche and Atea team up on an investigational direct acting antiviral while Moderna reaches the 30,000-patient enrollment target for its Phase III COVE study of the company's investigational mRNA vaccine. 

Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccines

With $850m, Nuvation Aims To Speed Novel Cancer Drugs To Patients

Nuvation started in 2018 and raised a $275m series A round in 2019. Now it is merging with the EcoR1 Capital-sponsored SPAC Panacea Acquisition Corp. and raising $500m in equity capital.

Financing Deals

Vifor Confident About Prospects For Pruritus Dialysis Drug Korsuva

Vifor CEO Stefan Schulze tells Scrip that an expanded deal with Korsuva developer Cara Therapeutics means the US biotech will not have to invest in a commercial organization as the Swiss firm will mobilize its well-established sales force to launch the treatment for dialysis patients with CKD-associated pruritus.

Deals Renal

Voronoi’s Brain-Permeable NSCLC Candidate Attracts ORIC To Major Deal

Through a licensing-out deal with ORIC for its EGFR/HER2 exon-20 inhibitor, South Korea's Voronoi hopes to gain from its new partner's commercialization experience in NSCLC. The alliance aims to build a potentially best-in-class presence in a competitive landscape.

Cancer South Korea

Asia Deal Watch: Rhizen Licenses Chinese Rights For PI3K Inhibitor To Curon

Curon thinks tenalisib can offer a differentiated and safe new therapy for hematologic cancers such as multiple forms of lymphoma. Axis and PharmaEssentia team up on TCR therapy R&D in Taiwan.

Deals Business Strategies

Endo Brings All Xiaflex Revenue In House With BioSpecifics Acquisition

Deal snapshot: Resolving a loose end from its 2014 buyout of Auxilium, Endo acquires all rights to Xiaflex, along with approved cellulite therapy Qwo.

Deals M & A
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