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Finance Watch: 2019 Ended With Near-Record VC Financings, But Some Slowing Expected In 2020

Private Company Edition: VC deals fell short of the record-breaking level seen in 2018 and financings may slow a bit more in 2020. Also, UPMC and Frazier close new VC funds, and Emendo raises $61m for gene-editing platform.

Financing Innovation

New CEO Brett Monia Takes The Lead As Ionis Prioritizes Non-Partnered Programs

Monia told Scrip at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference that the company will be more selective about partnerships going forward and build commercial capabilities to market Ionis-owned drugs.

Leadership Business Strategies

Finance Watch: Expect A Busy First Half For 2020 IPOs

Public Company Edition: At the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference and Biotech Showcase it was noted that the US IPO market is likely to be less active in the second half of the year as election risk chills investment. Also, Apellis leads recent follow-on offerings.

Financing Business Strategies

Amgen To Buy Out Japan JV With Astellas

Full, planned acquisition of Tokyo-based operation will give US biotech giant a firmer foothold in key market and new platform for Otezla growth.

Japan Deals

Piramal Profits As It Sheds DRG To Clarivate For $950m

An experienced hand at M&A, Ajay Piramal has done it again – this time selling Decision Resources Group to Clarivate Analytics for $950m. Apart from $900m in cash, Piramal Enterprises will get a stake in Clarivate while the latter expects the acquisition to be earnings-accretive in 2020.

Commercial M & A

Deal Watch: Novo Nordisk, Fauna To Explore Hibernation To Treat Obesity

A collaboration between Novo and Fauna will look at animal hibernation and genetic sequencing for hints toward novel therapies for obesity. Pfizer will use Insilico’s machine learning technology in target validation.

Deals Business Strategies

BioNTech Bags Bargain With Neon Buy

Neon listed on the NASDAQ at $16 per share 18 months ago. It has now been picked up by the ambitious German biotech for just $2.18 per share, having recently ended its cancer vaccine programs and laid off a quarter of its workforce.

M & A ImmunoOncology

Asia Deal Watch: BeiGene Gets Chinese Rights To Two EUSA Rare Disease Therapies

BeiGene licenses antibody therapeutics for Castleman’s disease and high-risk neuroblastoma.

Deals Business Strategies

The Big Five To Catalyze Primary Care In Africa

Eli Lilly, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis and Pfizer are helping to fund a public-private partnership aimed at improving the primary care health infrastructure in Africa; the collaboration will also exploit the companies’ experience providing therapies and using digital and web-enabled technologies.

 

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