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.
Ten $1bn+ alliances were penned in January. In the top alliance by deal value, Shanghai Argo Biopharmaceutical entered into exclusive collaboration with Novartis Pharma for two undisclosed Argo cardiovascular disease programs, one in Phase I and another in Phase I/IIa. Novartis gets an exclusive global license to develop and commercialize the Phase I program and also receives an option to potentially license compounds directed against up to two additional targets. For the Phase I/IIa program, Novartis gets an exclusive license worldwide except in Greater China. The deal could be worth up to $4.17bn for Argo.
During Q4, biopharma merger and acquisition deal value reached $63bn and drew in $75.4bn in potential deal value from alliances. Device company M&A values reached $4.8bn, while in vitro diagnostics and research tools players’ M&A activity totaled $3.4bn.