gene-editing
gene-editing

Gene-Editing Firm Semma Acquired by Vertex

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ: VRTX) purchased another gene-editing biotech company last week, marking its fourth announced transaction of 2019. The pharmaceutical giant bought Semma Therapeutics for $950 million in an all-cash transaction for all of the company’s outstanding shares. Semma leverages stem cell-derived human islets to research potentially cures for type 1 diabetes. The biotech firm will become a […]

gene-editing
gene-editing

Merck Buys Immunotherapy Firm Immune Design

Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE: MRK), the global healthcare and pharmaceutical company, has acquired Immune Design (NASDAQ: IMDZ) for $300 million. Merck will buy all outstanding shares of Immune Design at a value of $5.85 per share. With reported revenue of only $2 million, Immune Design’s price tag equals close to a 136x EBITDA multiple. Out of […]

Hospice Compassus
Hospice Compassus

GlaxoSmithKline builds immunotherapy pipeline with new collaboration

GlaxoSmithKline plc (NYSE: GSK) (GSK) has entered into a collaboration agreement with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany to study M7824, an investigational bifunctional fusion protein immunotherapy that is currently in clinical development for multiple difficult-to-treat cancers. Under the terms of the agreement, GSK will pay Merck KGaA $342.3 million (€300 million) upfront. Merck KGaA is also eligible for up to $3.31 billion […]