PERTH, Australia – Australian cell therapy developer Mesoblast Ltd. has partnered with Germany's Grünenthal Group to develop and commercialize Mesoblast's allogeneic cell therapy candidate, MPC-06-ID, in a deal that carves out Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Japan's Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co. Ltd. plans to pay $3 billion to acquire Roivant Sciences Ltd.'s ownership interests in five biopharma companies, plus options to acquire up to six more from the prolific company-builder. The deal, slated to close in October, would give Sumitomo Dainippon controlling interests in Myovant Sciences Inc., Urovant Sciences Inc., Enzyvant Therapeutics Inc. and Altavant Sciences Inc., as well as an equity stake of more than 10% in Roivant itself.
Stryker Corp., of Kalamazoo, Mich., is continuing its string of buys, this time scooping up Shirley, Mass.-based Mobius Imaging LLC, which focuses on point-of-care imaging technology, and its sister company, Cardan Robotics. In an all-cash transaction, Stryker will pay about $370 million up front and up to $130 million of contingent payments associated with development and commercial milestones.
CEO Travis Mickle said prodrug-focused Kempharm Inc.'s potential $493 million deal with Gurnet Point Capital (GPC) marks "the end of a long journey to reach a very valuable point" in the story of the company, which has "ended with the same goal it started with" – gaining the best possible partner for attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) prospects KP-415 and KP-484.
Shares of San Diego-based Cidara Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:CDTX) enjoyed a skyward ride, closing Tuesday at $2.35, up 67 cents, or 40%, on word of a deal with Mundipharma International Ltd., of Cambridge, U.K., to develop and commercialize rezafungin for invasive fungal infections. "Historically, [antifungal] pricing has been much stronger in the EU, so that is an important opportunity for us and now for Mundipharma as well," Cidara CEO Jeffrey Stein said.
BEIJING – Shenzhen-listed Chinese firm Nanjing Hicin Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. has in-licensed an isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) inhibitor known as I111b from Italian oncology specialist Nerviano Medical Sciences Srl (NMS) to develop and commercialize the drug globally for patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
Information technology and connectivity have transformed productivity and costs in nearly every industry. Health care, however, has remained persistently immune to this transmogrification. Electronic health records (EHRs) have been particularly disappointing on this front, with time-consuming and inconsistent physician data entry as well as poor integration across complex and emerging data sources from medical devices, imaging, genomics and wearables and, as a consequence, a lack of usefulness in improving population health analytics or personalized care.
Aveo Oncology Inc. and Kyowa Kirin Co. Ltd. amended their 2006 license agreement so that Kyowa Kirin can buy back the non-oncology rights of tivozanib in Aveo territories, including the U.S. and the EU, while Aveo retains U.S. rights in cancer.
LONDON – It's the technology that keeps on giving, and the Heptares unit of Sosei Group Corp. has attracted a further partner to its G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) platform, signing up Takeda Pharmaceutical Ltd., in a deal worth up to $1.2 billion.