Deals Shaping The Medical Industry, December 2017
Derived from Strategic Transactions, Informa’s premium source for tracking life sciences deal activity, the Dealmaking column is a survey of recent health care transactions listed by relevant industry segment – In Vitro Diagnostics, Medical Devices, and Pharmaceuticals – and then categorized by type – Acquisition, Alliance or Financing. This month’s column covers deals announced in November 2017.
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Ten $1bn+ alliances were penned in January. In the top alliance by deal value, Shanghai Argo Biopharmaceutical entered into exclusive collaboration with Novartis Pharma for two undisclosed Argo cardiovascular disease programs, one in Phase I and another in Phase I/IIa. Novartis gets an exclusive global license to develop and commercialize the Phase I program and also receives an option to potentially license compounds directed against up to two additional targets. For the Phase I/IIa program, Novartis gets an exclusive license worldwide except in Greater China. The deal could be worth up to $4.17bn for Argo.
During Q4, biopharma merger and acquisition deal value reached $63bn and drew in $75.4bn in potential deal value from alliances. Device company M&A values reached $4.8bn, while in vitro diagnostics and research tools players’ M&A activity totaled $3.4bn.