Pacts In Medtech, July/August 2016
Derived from Strategic Transactions, Informa’s premium source for tracking life sciences deal activity, this new bimonthly Pacts In Medtech column pulls up notable technology alliances, R&D partnerships and commercial collaborations. This month we highlight deals announced in July and August 2016.
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Galvani Bioelectronics, the new joint venture between Google’s health-care spinoff Verily and drug giant GSK, will develop a new generation of "bioelectronic medicines" – neuromodulating therapies to treat a wide range of chronic diseases. Brian Otis, CTO of Verily, tells Medtech Insight how the devices that will come out of Galvani differ from existing neuromodulation technologies.
During Q3, biopharmas brought in an aggregate $36.6bn in financing and device company fundraising totaled $3.3bn; while in vitro diagnostic firms and research tools players raised $3.4bn.
Seattle Genetics and Merck penned an agreement to globally develop and commercialize (on a co-exclusive basis) Seattle Genetics’ ladiratuzumab vedotin, an investigational antibody-drug conjugate in Phase II trials for breast cancer and other solid tumors. The deal has a potential value of over $4bn. While Gilead Sciences entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Immunomedics Inc. for $88 per share in cash, or approximately $21bn. The transaction is expected to close in Q4 2020. Financing reached $14.6bn in biopharma, $824m in devices and $1.9bn in diagnostics.