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Derived from Strategic Transactions, a fully searchable premium source for tracking life sciences deal activity, the Tech Transfer Deals column provides a monthly update on technology transfer deals, reporting licensing agreements between companies and universities or other research institutions within the In Vitro Diagnostics, Medical Devices, and Pharmaceuticals sectors. This month’s column covers deals announced December 2013 through January 2014.
Despite a miserable economy, new company formation continues apace. In biotech, recapitalizations and structured deals featured prominently; in diagnostics, interest remains strong even if rounds in 2008 were down from last year's highs; in devices, small and regional VCs have filled the void left by brand-name investors.
Start-ups are developing novel therapeutics that work by shepherding faulty proteins into their normal conformations. The risky approach, if successful, could dramatically increase the pharmaceutical arsenal. Drug companies remain skeptical, prefering to wait for clinical validation of the existing compounds before inking big deals.
Each month, Start-Up presents a comprehensive review of young, private life science companies that have received venture funding during the month, including companies in the pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostic and research instrumentation & reagent sectors.