Microbot Medical Merges with StemCells

Microbot Medical Ltd., an Israel-based medical device company that specializes in the research, design, development and commercialization of micro-robotics-assisted medical technologies, has merged with StemCells Inc. (NASDAQ: STEM), a biotech firm that engages in the research, development, and commercialization of stem cell-based therapeutics for the treatment of central nervous system diseases. For StemCells, this merger […]

Busy Day for Bacterial Infection Drugs

On August 23rd, two separate deals occurred involving licenses to drug candidates for the treatment of serious infections. Productos Científicos S.A. de C.V. (PC), a leading privately-held Mexican pharmaceutical company, purchased a license to Taigexyn® in Latin America from privately-held TaiGen Biotechnology Company Limited. Taigexyn® (nemonoxacin) is a novel antibiotic for the treatment of bacterial […]

BioClinica Changes Hands as CRO Market Heats Up

The market for contract research organizations (CROs) is hot in 2016. Fourteen deals have been announced so far this year, compared with five in all of 2015, 11 in 2014 and eight in 2013. The latest deal was announced on August 22, as JLL Partners and Water Street Healthcare Partners exited their investment in BioClinica, […]

Pfizer Buys Medivation and More

Forget those early- to mid-stage clinical candidates. Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) jumped the line with its $13.5 billion deal for oncology drug maker Medivation Inc. (NASDAQ: MDVN). The target’s primary product is XTANDI® (enzalutamide), an androgen receptor inhibitor, the leading novel hormone therapy for the treatment of prostate cancer. Pfizer will pay $81.50 per share in […]

Jefferson Health Adds Another Health System

Jefferson Health System, the not-for-profit system that is part of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, signed a definitive agreement to integrate with Kennedy Health, a three-hospital system (607 beds) in southern New Jersey. The transaction is expected to be completed following New Jersey’s Community Health Care Assets Protection Act review process. The boards of Kennedy and Jefferson unanimously […]

Specialty Pharmacy Extends Reach in Healthcare

Genoa, a QoL Healthcare Company, a leading behavioral health specialty pharmacy company, has acquired the behavioral health and residential care services division of Advanced Care Pharmacy Services, including 13 of its pharmacies in Michigan. Genoa is a portfolio company of Advent International. In November 2015, Genoa acquired 1DocWay, the nation’s largest outpatient telepsychiatry provider, for […]

Arizona Urgent Care Market Tightens

Banner Health just threw its hat in the ring for the title of largest urgent care operator in Arizona. The not-for-profit health system, which operates 29 hospitals in seven states, just announced its acquisition of 32 Urgent Care Extra facilities in that state, primarily around Phoenix and Tucson. The clinics will be rebranded as Banner Urgent […]

Myriad Genetics Eyes GeneSight

Myriad Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: MYGN), which specializes in molecular diagnostics and personalized medicine, started off August with the acquisition of privately-held Assurex Health Inc., an informatics-based, personalized medicine company that specializes in pharmacogenomics, a study of the genetic factors that influence an individual’s response to drug treatments, for behavioral health and chronic pain conditions. Assurex was […]