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Kosan Biosciences Inc.

Division of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.
www.kosan.com

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Medical Device and In Vitro Diagnostics/Research Deal Statistics Quarterly, Q2 2008

Highlights from the Q2 2008 review of device and diagnostics dealmaking: financing for medical device firms was down 9% from the first quarter to $838mm, which consisted mainly of late-stage venture rounds at 43% of the total. Big Pharma was surprisingly active in device acquisitions, with Novartis buying 25% of surgical instruments maker Alcon, and BMS selling off ConvaTec to private equity as part of its "string of pearls" strategy to focus on biotech. Two FOPOs dominated the $300mm financing the IVD/Research industry, while Invitrogen's $6.4bn stock swap for Applera's Applied Biosystems represented 90% of the M&A dollar volume.
Medical Device

Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology Deal Statistics Quarterly, Q2 2008

Highlights from the Q2 2008 review of pharmaceutical and biotechnology dealmaking: Despite the dearth in biopharmaceutical financings in the quarter (total money raised was just $2 billion) acquisitions thrived with total M&A volume of $11.8 billion. And biopharma alliance activity reached $2.7 billion in potential deal value during 2008's second quarter with only a handful more deals than the first quarter, but a 43% increase in dollar volume.
BioPharmaceutical

Glioblastoma Start-Ups Get Specific

For start-ups developing novel and risky medicines to treat glioblastoma, a rare, invasive form of brain cancer, the Pfizer/Avant deal was a watershed moment: It signaled the vigorous interest of a pharmaceutical behemoth in a disease where patients number in just the tens of thousands. The positive effects are likely to be felt in executive suites of biotechs developing therapeutics for this grievous disease.
BioPharmaceutical Business Strategies

Pfizer's Serenex Acquisition Adds Fuel to Heat Shock Fire

Pfizer's acquisition of Hsp90 specialist Serenex is the biggest direct validation by Big Pharma in this up and coming oncology space. Hsp90, sometimes termed a master regulator, has quickly emerged as an important cancer target and Pfizer's endorsement can only give the field a boost.
BioPharmaceutical Strategy
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Company Information

  • Industry
  • Biotechnology
    • Drug Discovery Tools
      • Molecular Diversity
        • Natural Products
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Therapeutic Areas
  • Cancer
  • Alias(es)
  • Ownership
  • Private
  • Headquarters
  • Worldwide
    • North America
      • USA
  • Parent & Subsidiaries
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.
  • Senior Management
  • Helen S Kim, Pres. & CEO
    J. Michael Sherrill, VP, Project & Alliance Mgt.
    Pam Cohen, MD, SVP, CMO
  • Contact Info
  • Kosan Biosciences Inc.
    Phone: (510) 732-8400
    3832 Bay Center Pl.
    Hayward, CA 94545
    USA
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