Eye Diseases Spur More M&A in July

At least three of the deals announced so far in July have targeted companies or compounds that treat eye diseases. The first was Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) and its $124 million deal with Applied Genetic Technologies (NASDAQ: AGTC) for the worldwide commercialization rights to one clinical-stage and one pre-clinical therapeutic program. Last week, Allergan Inc. (NYSE: AGN) paid $125 million for Oculeve, Inc., a medical device company focused on new technologies for dry eye disease. Then, rival Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (NYSE: VRX) paid an undisclosed amount for the global rights to EyeGate Pharmaceuticals’ (OTCQB: EYEG) EyeGate II Delivery System and EGP-437 combination product in the field of uveitis.

 

 

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