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.
In the top April alliance by deal value, Jazz Pharmaceuticals acquired exclusive global development and commercialization rights to Werewolf Therapeutics' WTX-613. Preclinical WTX-613 is an engineered IFN⍺2b cytokine pro-drug that is activated specifically within the tumor microenvironment where it can stimulate IFNα receptors on cancer-fighting immune effector cells. Jazz expects to submit an IND application to the FDA for WTX-613 in 2023. Jazz paid $15M up front and Werewolf is eligible to receive development, regulatory and commercial milestone payments of up to $1.26bn, plus royalties.
During Q1, biopharma merger and acquisition value reached $9.9bn and drew in $51.2bn in potential deal value from alliances. Device company M&A values reached $4.6bn, while in vitro diagnostic firms and research tools players completed M&A activity that totaled $52.5m.