Financing: 2020 Ends On A High Note For Medtech
A look at financing activity across the medical device and in vitro diagnostics industries, October-December 2020
During Q4, device company fundraising totaled $4.2bn; while in vitro diagnostic firms and research tools players raised $6.1bn.
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Six $1bn+ alliances were penned in June. Topping the list was Eisai’s potential $3.1bn collaboration Bristol-Myers Squibb for the co-development and co-commercialization of Eisai’s antibody drug conjugate MORAb-202 in Japan, China, select countries in the Asia-Pacific region, the US, Canada, Europe (including the EU and UK), and Russia. The candidate is in Phase I in Japan and Phase I/II in the US for anti-folate receptor alpha-positive solid tumors.
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