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The Dealmaking column is a survey of recent transactions, including strategic alliances, mergers & acquisitions, and financings, in the life sciences industries. Deals are listed by the following industry sectors: in vitro diagnostics, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and research/analytical instrumentation and reagents. All transactions are excerpted from Elsevier's Strategic Transactions database, providing comprehensive transaction coverage from 1991 to the present.
With two major exits and a third pending, the traditionally high-tech-heavy investor's new strategy is paying off. Safeguard's lower appetite for risk in the life sciences means focusing on companies with existing or near-term revenues, cash flow, and net worth being built up, rather than dependence on a regulatory or clinical milestone as an inflection point. The firm also boasts an ability to bolster the management and operational capabilities of its young companies.
Start-ups continue to seize opportunities for delivering new and existing drugs transdermally. They are also poised to capitalize on next-generation technologies for delivering macromolecules through the skin. In this issue, we profile AllTranz, Ocelus, Quinnova Pharmaceuticals and Syntropharma.
Quinnova Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s Proderm Technology delivery system is a water-lipid-based formulation designed to apply active ingredients to the skin for the treatment of inflammatory skin diseases. Several Proderm products are already on the market. The start-up's TwinDerm technology - a two-step, single-unit topical system that allows delivery of two products in sequence from a single pouch - is designed to make treatment simpler and more convenient, therefore improving patient compliance.