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Chinese firm RareStone licenses Rhythm’s Imcivree in greater China and will help enroll label-expansion studies for the drug. Omeros sells ophthalmic surgery drug Omidria and its commercial team to Rayner Surgical Group.
Device and diagnostics fundraising slumped in Q2, but there was a substantial uptick in M&A activity. Device financings totaled just slightly over half of the previous quarter, while acquisitions grew almost six-fold, thanks primarily to Becton Dickinson's $23.5 billion play for CR Bard. Financing in diagnostics slid to $1.03 billion, less than half of Q1, whereas the $1.7 billion in M&As (most of that from PerkinElmer's $1.3 billion buy of EuroImmun) was more than double Q1's aggregate.
Magenta Medical Ltd, an Israeli start-up founded by cardiology veterans and backed by miniaturized heart pump specialist Abiomed, has reeled in $15m in Series B financing. The additional capital will enable the company to take its catheter-based therapy for acute heart failure through clinical trials and beyond CE-mark approval.
Despite contraction in the number of funds and VC firms investing in life sciences, 2013 was a strong year for private investing in medtech, with private investors putting $2.54 million into 129 medical device deals, according to Informa’s Strategic Transactions. Looking at where investors placed their money revealed some emerging trends.
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