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Finance Watch: Turning Point Launches IPO, Stock Rises 60% On First Day

Public Company Edition: Turning Point's offering priced at $18 and its stock closed at $28.90. Also, Achaogen's bankruptcy reflects difficult antibacterial market, Ophthotech's name change follows strategy shift, and Gilead lays off 150 sales reps. Plus, cell and gene therapy FOPOs flourish.

Financing Business Strategies

Deal Watch: Gilead To Use Insitro’s AI/Functional Genomics Tech For NASH Targets

Start-up Insitro will attempt to optimize up to five NASH targets for Gilead under three-year alliance. Catalent buys gene therapy CDMO Paragon for $1.2bn, Boehringer partners with PureTech in GI cancer, while Fibrocell inks gene therapy pact with Castle Creek.

Deals Business Strategies

Hansa Raises More Cash For Pipeline With Genovis Stake Sale

The Swedish group has sold its stake in Genovis, raising about $9.6m that will help advance lead candidate imlifidase.

Deals Financing

As Expected: Shareholders Back Bristol's $74bn Celgene Buy

With no more activist investor challenge, shareholders of both companies overwhelmingly approved the deal. Bristol said it will have leading positions in oncology and cardiovascular disease, and gain five potential blockbusters in the Celgene buyout.

Deals Business Strategies

Gilead Increasingly Seems Focused On Combo Therapy In NASH

At EASL, Gilead indicated it may not take any of its current NASH candidates forward as monotherapy options. Trial collaboration with Novo Nordisk may suggest pessimism toward selonsertib after Phase III disappointment.

Commercial Clinical Trials

Gyroscope Merger Creates Gene Therapy Biotech For Eye Disorders

A new UK/US biotech tie-up makes a company with the technology to deliver its gene therapies.
M & A Ophthalmic

Asia Deal Watch: Antibody-Drug Conjugates Reign With Alliances Involving Celltrion, Miracogen & WuXi Biologics

Celltrion and iProgen will co-develop ADC candidates, Miracogen and Synaffix sign a technology license after a successful research collaboration, and WuXi will provide clinical trial material to NBE Therapeutics.

Deals Commercial

ReNeuron's Cell Therapies Attract Fosun Pharma, A Leading Regenerative Medicines Developer

The UK cell therapy biotech ReNeuron has attracted the healthcare group, Fosun Pharma, which is building up a leading position in regenerative medicine, to develop and commercialize its products in China.

 

Deals Regenerative Medicine

Finance Watch: Q1 Biopharma Venture Capital Dips From All-Time High, But Numbers Still Impress

Private Company Edition: Biotech companies raised $3.9bn, down from $4.6bn in the first quarter of 2019 – a record-breaking year in the US – but dollars per deal stayed above $20m for a second year. Also, Fusion has April's second $100m-plus VC financing with a $105m Series B.

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