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Monday Deal Review: July 6, 2009

B&W_BigNickelLearn more about Neuromed’s deal with CombinatoRx, check out what MedMira’s been doing with all the cash from its equity line, and find out who’s closed deals and who’s just closing doors in this week’s Monday Deal Review


As we noted at the time, Neuromed is merging with CombinatoRx (NASDAQ: CRXX).  The deal has an interesting structure, since it’s occurring almost on the eve of the PDUFA date (this Fall) for Neuromed’s lead product, Exalgo.  Currently, the split of the post-merger CombinatoRx shares is 50/50 between Neuromed and CombinatoRx backers.  However, the longer the delay until FDA approval for Exalgo, the greater the share of the combined company goes to CombinatoRx.  Specifically:

  • FDA approval by the end of 2009 — Neuromed’s backers get 70% of the shares;
  • FDA approval Q1-Q3 2010 –Neuromed’s backers get 60%;
  • FDA approval Q4 2010 — CombinatoRx shareholders keep 60%; and
  • FDA approval after December 2010 (or never): CombinatoRx’s shareholders keep 70%.

Neuromed’s president and CEO Chris Gallen, will be president and CEO of CombinatoRx post-merger.  The In Vivo blog says that “CombinatoRx has been trading at or shed the majority of its value last October after the failure of its lead osteoarthritis candidate, and then restructured in November. Since then it has essentially traded below the value of its cash on hand, making it a prime candidate for a reverse merger.”  Et voilà!

Expansion in China:

Citing China’s US$125 billion investment in April toward healthcare reform, MedMira Inc., (NASDAQ: MMIRF, TSX-V: MIR) entered into a strategic partnership with Triplex International Biosciences Co., Ltd. Triplex has a large customer base and existing diagnostics product line in China.

Wrapping Things Up:

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