The biggest biotechnology deal announced in July came from Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB), which specializes in treatments for neurological, autoimmune and hematologic disorders. The company inked an exclusive, 10-year collaboration agreement with Ionis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: IONS) to develop novel antisense drug candidates for a broad range of neurological diseases. The price is a combination of $375 million […]
Ever wonder why February is the shortest month of the year? It didn’t even exist on the old Roman calendar, when there were only 10 months in a year. Later, the calendar was revised to include 12 lunar cycles totaling 355 days and January and February were added, with February as the last month of […]
The Biotechnology sector roared to life in 2017, posting a record 209 transactions. That’s 20% higher than the 174 deals announced in 2016. The previous record for the sector was set in 2009, with 193 transactions announced in the space. Spending for those 209 deals in 2017 didn’t set new records, but did post an […]
In February, Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) completed the previously announced spin-off of its global hemophilia business. The new company, known as Bioverativ (NASDAQ: BIVV), is an independent, publicly traded global biotechnology company focused on hemophilia and other rare blood disorders.
Perrigo finally sold its royalty interest in Tysabri, a multiple sclerosis drug that it acquired as part of Elan Corporation back in 2013. Royalty Pharma, the hostile bidder for Elan back then, paid $2.2 billion for Tysabri royalties.
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. […]