Roughly two and half years after it picked up Cynosure, Hologic Inc., of Marlborough, Mass., has reported its intention to sell it to private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) for a total purchase price of $205 million in cash, subject to certain closing adjustments. The company expects net cash proceeds of about $138 million. CD&R Partner Derek Strum expressed enthusiasm about the deal, noting that his firm expects “to continue to invest behind the company's strong brand and large global installed base to accelerate growth via expanded sales & marketing efforts and bring new products and technologies to market[.]”
HONG KONG - South Korean biopharmaceutical company Ph Pharma Co. Ltd., based in Seoul, and U.S. biotech Immunome Inc., of Exton, Pa., are working together on antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) in a partnership agreement under which Immunome will discover antibodies using its platform while Ph Pharma will develop the ADC candidates and verify safety and efficacy.
While Burt Adelman has been in Boston since 1991, it wasn’t until he joined Novo Ventures Inc. about four years ago that he realized there was often no way to tie the area’s drug development together into something resembling a cohesive whole.
Dicerna Pharmaceuticals Inc. kept adding major partners to its CV Monday as it and Novo Nordisk A/S struck a deal to discover and develop therapies to treat liver-related cardiometabolic diseases, including chronic liver disease, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), type 2 diabetes, obesity and rare diseases.
In a bid to expand its presence in CNS to a wider range of neurodegenerative diseases following a substantial restructuring last month, Alkermes plc has moved to acquire privately held neuronal epigenetics specialist Rodin Therapeutics Inc. for $100 million up front and up to $850 million in clinical, regulatory and commercial milestones.
Optina Diagnostics, of Montreal, and the Wagner Macula & Retina Center are collaborating on a clinical study using Optina's Retinal Deep Phenotyping (RDP) platform to screen for Alzheimer's disease. The program will put the platform into nine community eye clinics in Virginia and North Carolina.
Any worries by Promedior Inc. investors after Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (BMS) backed away last year from its option to acquire the firm were resolved in a big way by last week's news that Roche Holding AG is taking over the company in a transaction valued as high as $1.39 billion. Privately held, Lexington, Mass.-based Promedior's lead asset is PRM-151, a recombinant form of human pentraxin-2 (PTX-2) protein that won breakthrough designation from the FDA earlier this year for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).
CEO David Giljohann said the first indication in Exicure Inc.'s deal with Allergan plc is antigenic alopecia, but his firm doesn't "have anything else to disclose yet" about other hair loss diseases that the pact will include.
Merck & Co. Inc. acquired Calporta Therapeutics Inc. for an up-front payment and milestone payments that could total $576 million. Calporta is a build-to-buy spinout of La Jolla, Calif.-based COI Pharmaceuticals Inc. Calporta develops selective small-molecule agonists to TRPML1, foremost in the mammalian mucolipin TRP channel subfamily.