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Monday Biotech Deal Review: July 25, 2011

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for July 25, 2011.  Interesting tidbits from last week included the termination of the letter of intent relating to the proposed reverse-takeover transaction between Bradmer Pharmaceuticals and P1 Energy Corp., a distribution and marketing agreement between Valeant and Sanofi-aventis Canada, a $15M loan agreement between Protox Therapeutics and Oxford Finance LLC, the filing of a preliminary short-form base shelf prospectus in the Canada and U.S. by YM BioSciences, the closing of a $7M financing round for gIcare Pharma Inc., and the acquisition by Paladin Labs of a significant number of common shares of Afexa Life Sciences.  Read on to learn more.  Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for July 18, 2011.  Of note over the past week was the completion of Trimel’s qualifying transaction under the TSX-V’s capital pool company regime, resulting in Trimel’s expected re-listing on the TSX.  Also noteworthy was Valeant’s buying spree in the dermatology sector, with the purchase of dermatology assets from both Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi.  Read on to learn more. Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: July 11, 2011

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for July 11, 2011.  This week is a double feature, owing to last week’s break due to both Canada Day and Fourth of July holidays.  There was a lot of activity over the past two weeks in the biotech space.   Read on to catch up!  Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: June 27, 2011

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for June 27, 2011.  There were a number of financings announced and closed in the previous week, as well as some M&A activity involving Cynapsus acquiring the shares of Adagio Pharmaceuticals.  Read on to learn more.  Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: June 20, 2011

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for June 20, 2011.  Notable transactions from the previous week included the public offering of units by Resverlogix, as well as investments by HTX and the Business Development Bank of Canada in each of Milestone Pharmaceuticals  and Profound Medical Inc.  Read on to learn more. Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: June 13, 2011

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for June 13, 2011.  Notable stories include the completion of GeneNews’ early warrant exercise program and debenture conversion opportunity, resulting in gross proceeds of nearly $3M to the Company.  As well, Somaxon and Paladin Labs have teamed up for the commercialization of Selinor in Canada, South America and Africa.  Read on to learn more.  Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: June 6, 2011

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for June 6, 2011.  This week’s deal review is brought to you by Norton Rose OR LLP summer student Steven Zuccarelli who, before entering law school at Osgoode Hall Law School, obtained his B.Sc and M.Sc at McMaster University in Biochemistry and Health Sciences, respectively, where he was involved in researching peptide vaccine models.  Steven will be assisting over the summer months with the Monday Deal Review, and it’s great to have him aboard. 

Aside from some interesting commercial deals, as well as CardioComm’s related-party announcement of a $788k asset purchase, things were fairly slow last week.  Read on to learn more. 

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Monday Biotech Deal Review: May 30, 2011

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for Monday May 30, 2011.  This week features summaries of the previous two weeks’ events in the biotech space, following the May 24 holiday weekend.  There hasn’t been too much activity, however Valeant is on the move, acquiring AB Sanitas for EUR 314M in cash.  Read on to learn more.   Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: May 16, 2011

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for May 16, 2011. Angiotech has completed its second amended and restated plan of compromise or arrangement, cleaning up USD$250M in debt in respect of 7.75% senior subordinated notes, which are now cancelled, and has also resulted in the restructuring of $325M of existing floating rate notes through an exchange transaction.  There was also interesting licensing activity, notably involving Paladin Labs.  Lastly, Arch Biopartners announced their development achievement of a “bio-steel” material that is approximately 40% harder and 50% less corrosive than regular stainless steel.  Read on to learn more.   Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: May 9, 2011

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for May 9, 2011.  Biotech activity was a bit slow last week.  Of note however is the minority shareholder oppression litigation launched against WEX Pharmaceuticals in the wake of the recent takeover by Pharmagesic (Holdings) Inc.  Read on to learn more.   Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: May 2, 2011

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for May 2, 2011.  This review is a double feature from last week’s Easter break.  Plenty happened in the interim, with Angiotech developments, private placements, licensing and other interesting corporate transactions and announcements.  Read on to learn more.  Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: April 18, 2011

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for April 18, 2011.  Just by way of FYI, readers may be interested to know that The Canadian Institute will be hosting its 5th annual conference on Drug Pricing and Reimbursement in Canada in Toronto from June 14 – 15 at the Sutton Place Hotel.  The conference aims to bring key stakeholders together to share perspectives and strategies on maintaining competitiveness and compliance in these difficult markets.  Stay tuned on crossborderbiotech for coverage from the conference.  Back to the deal review, there was a fair bit of commercial activity last week, with some interesting licensing and commercial transactions announced or closed.  Read on to learn more.     Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: April 11, 2011

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for April 11, 2011.  Notable events in the Canadian biotech space over the past week included: (i) the filing by Valeant with the SEC of a consent solicitation statement in furtherance of its efforts to replace the board of its hostile target Cephalon; (ii) the approval by creditors of the plan put forward by Angiotech in respect of its restructuring and the sanctioning of the plan by courts in Canada and the U.S.; (iii) the closing of a $34.5M private placement by MethylGene; and (iv) the resignation of the board of directors of Ambrilia and the seeking by Ambrilia to pursue insolvency proceedings under the Bankruptcy statute as opposed to creditor protection under the CCAA.  Read on to learn more.  Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: April 4, 2011

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for April 4, 2011.  Valeant was a major headline last week with its hostile $5.7 billion leveraged-buyout offer for Cephalon, Inc., which some are suggesting may herald a new era of M&A activity in the biotech sector (you’ll recall that Valeant itself is the product of the recent merger with biotech heavyweight Biovail Corporation).   In addition, CCAA-protected Angiotech has filed a second amended and restated plan of compromise or arrangement and has made amendments to its support agreements, which plan is scheduled to be voted by creditors this week.  Last week continued the previous weeks’ pick-up in financing, with some newly announced and closed private placements.  And to top it off there were also a number of interesting commercial and licensing transactions.  Read on to learn more.   Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: March 29, 2011

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for March 28, 2011.  There was a flurry of financing activity last week, with over $76M raised or announced in biotech funds (not including the $60M Genome Canada investment announced by the Government of Canada).  Double-digit million-dollar deals included MethylGene’s $34.5M private placement announcement, Medicago’s $17M private placement announcement, and the closing of Novadaq’s $15M private placement.  Read on to learn more.  Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: March 21, 2011

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for March 21, 2011.  There was some interesting investment and commercial transactions announced and closed last week, including the $15M private placement announced by Novadaq, the $4M bond financing closed by SemBioSys and Pacgen’s announcement of a corporate makeover to accommodate its recent investments in the products of General Biologicals Corporation.  Read on to learn more.  Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: March 14, 2011

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for March 14, 2011.  This week was a fairly slow week for Canadian biotech, but there were nevertheless a couple of interesting announcements.  Pharmagesic acquired over 90% of the restricted voting shares of WEX Pharmaceuticals marking the conclusion of its bid, and Theratechnologies has backed away from its previously announced U.S. IPO due to unacceptable pricing conditions.  Read on to learn more.  Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: March 7, 2011

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for March 7, 2011.  It was a busy week with numerous private and public investments, offerings by biotech companies (see Stem Cell Therapeutics and Adherex Technologies), as well as some interesting licensing activity.  Read on to learn more.  Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: February 28, 2011

Welcome to your Monday biotech deal review for February 28, 2011.  In addition to the usual reviews of biotech corporate activity, this week featured the announcement of Theratechnologies’ U.S. IPO, the closing of a $40M bought deal by Paladin Labs, Angiotech’s recapitalization amendment and the appointment of a Receiver for LAB Research.  Read on to learn more.   Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: February 21, 2011

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for February 21, 2011.  Among other news, Angiotech made some progress this week in CCAA proceedings with respect to its recapitalization, and Merck Canada has made another investment in Quebec’s biopharma sector, investing $6.8M.  Read on to learn more.   Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: February 14, 2011

Welcome to the Monday Biotech Deal Review for February 14, 2011.  Aside from the usual assortment of corporate and regulatory announcements over the week, the highlights include SemBioSys’ proposed $4M secured 7% bond issuance, Angiotech’s fifth extension to deadlines under its recapitalization support agreements (and definitive agreements in respect of up to $28M in DIP financing), Med Biogene is being accused of breaching confidentiality and exclusivity agreements and former biotech Bradmer Pharmaceuticals is migrating to the oil and gas industry via a proposed reverse takeover.  Read on to learn more.   Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: February 7, 2011

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for February 7, 2011.  It was a fairly busy week for Canadian biotech – Angiotech has followed suit in the U.S. on the heels of last week’s CCAA filing, a number of acquisitions were announced, and there was some activity in biotech licensing.  Read on to learn more.  Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: January 31, 2011

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for January 31, 2011.  Angiotech has voluntarily entered into CCAA proceedings and will continue its restructuring efforts there.  There was also some investment activity involving government agencies in Ontario, Quebec and Prince Edward Island.  Read on to learn more, as well as the usual assortment of biotech news reviews from the past week.  Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: January 24, 2010

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for January 24, 2010.  Despite a slow financing week, there were a few operational announcements as well as awards granted to Canadian biotech companies by the NIH and the UK’s Medical Research Council.  Read on to learn more.  Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: January 17, 2011

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for January 17, 2011.  Among other things, the past week saw a third extension of deadlines for Angiotech’s debt restructuring efforts, a management-approved take-over bid of WEX Pharmaceuticals, and American DARPA money being spent on Medicago for the development of a H5N1 vaccine.  Read on to learn more.   Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: January 10, 2011

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review.  2011 is off to a fast start in Canadian biotech!  Among other things, last week’s highlights included some interesting licensing activity, the completion by Bioniche of its A$12.5 million Australian offering, a $200k SEDA draw-down by Allon Therapeutics, Futuremed’s conversion to a corporation, and some regulatory and litigation updates as well.  Read on to learn more.

Monday Biotech Deal Review: January 3, 2011

Happy New Year, and welcome to the first Monday Biotech Deal Review of 2011!  There were only a handful of items to report on from last week, as the holiday season brought the usual corporate slow-down.  Nevertheless, the week saw the completion of a couple of private placements (CardioComm and Ondine Biomedical), along with the expansion of the previously announced Theralase private placement.  Read on to learn more.   Read more of this post

Monday Biotech “Happy Holidays” Deal Review: December 27, 2010

Welcome to your Monday Biotech “Happy Holidays” Deal Review!  For those who may have noticed, last week the Monday Biotech Deal Review took its own holiday, so this week’s digest contains biotech news spanning the past two weeks – to ensure you don’t miss a single drummer boy’s beat.  It has been a busy two weeks, with a notable $40M public offering by YM BioSciences of common shares that was announced, priced and closed, as well as an update by Angiotech with respect to its debt restructuring efforts.  There have also been some interesting strategic partnerships and licensing activity over the break.  Read on to learn more.     Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: December 13, 2010

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review.  It was a bit of a slow week this week, with a few small private placement announcements, and some activity in the licensing sector.  Read on to learn more.   Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: December 6, 2010

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review.  There was some activity with Angiotech last week, with extension agreements being executed extending certain deadlines dealing with Angiotech’s proposed recapitalization as well as a preliminary loss in court against Rex Medical L.P.  Read on to learn more, as well as your usual assortment of biotech news.  Read more of this post

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