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Deals & M&A

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Finance Watch: SPACs Lose Their Luster As Difficulties Mount

Public Company Edition: While panelists at Biotech Showcase argued merging with a special purpose acquisition corporation is not as attractive as it used to be, firms continue to pursue this go-public alternative. Also, Hillstream launched a small IPO and Cytokinetics accessed cash from Royalty Pharma. 

Financing Business Strategies

Evotec Adds To Spate Of Metabolic Deals With Lilly Collaboration

The German biotech inks its fifth metabolic disease collaboration as it teams up with US major Lilly to develop kidney disease and diabetes assets.

Deals Metabolic Disorders

Deal Watch: How Did J.P. Morgan Deal-Making Compare To Prior Years?

Licensing deals and partnerships carried the day during another hectic J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference. Pfizer racked up its third deal of the week in a cancer collaboration with Dren Bio.

Deal Watch Business Strategies

Selling Consumer Division To Unilever Could Give ‘New GSK’ A Lift

Activist investors last year called for GSK to find an outright buyer for the consumer division, and may now get their wish.

Companies Commercial

France's Abivax Looks A Likely M&A Target

With a candidate for ulcerative colitis set to go into Phase III soon with a safety profile that looks cleaner than anti-TNFs and the JAK class, the French biotech could soon be getting some interesting offers.

M & A Inflammation

Bayer Pharma R&D Head Tackles Challenge Of Prioritizing Promising Assets

Nearly a year into the job, research chief Christian Rommel tells Scrip he is impressed with Bayer's arm's length approach to running acquired firms like AskBio and BlueRock and the task ahead is to deliver on the potential they offer, while getting later-stage projects across the approvals finishing line.

Leadership Clinical Trials

Chinese Firms At JPM Not About China, It’s Time To Go Global

From BeiGene to Innovent to Wuxi Biologics, executives at Chinese pharma firms are now discussing collaborations to go beyond China to become biopharma operations with a truly global presence.

China Companies

J.P. Morgan Day 4: Preparing For The Year Ahead

Daily notebook from the virtual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference: Updates from Galapagos, Ipsen, LG Chem, Hanmi and Fosun; experts discuss deal and financial outlook at Biotech Showcase, plus the impact of RMAT and the changing landscape for rare diseases. 

Companies Deals

2022 Deal-Making Momentum To Be Driven By Small Companies

The power dynamics for deal-making in 2022 may shift to smaller companies emboldened by funds from venture financing and IPOs. While the spotlight will continue to be on ADCs and cell and gene therapies, vaccines and COVID-19 treatments will predictably be hot areas for licensing, Syneos Health predicts.

Commercial Deals

AstraZeneca Plans To Drug The Undruggable With Scorpion Partnership

The UK major will work with the US biotech to develop up to three precision medicines targeting cancer proteins previously thought undruggable via conventional methods.

Deals Companies

ABL’s Bispecific Antibody For Parkinson's Lands In Sanofi’s Hands

ABL Bio’s $1.06bn license deal with Sanofi for Parkinson's antibody is seen offering favorable terms to Korean biotech and is also poised to beef up French group’s presence in the space versus competitors.

Deals Neurology

Deals Or No Deals, J.P. Morgan Sets The Tone For 2022

No big buyouts were revealed during the annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference for a third year in a row. Big pharma firms are in acquisition mode, but execs stress desire for easy integrations and scientific alliances. 

Deals M & A
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