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Monday Deal Review: September 23, 2013

  Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for September 23, 2013! Now that we are in the full swing of September, the activity in the market has ramped up.

In terms of M&A, Axxess has purchased the assets of Revive Bioscience, including Revive’s product and IP portfolios, for an undisclosed amount. Easton has re-entered the drug market by purchasing rights in a female sexual arousal disorder drug. And MTPC has completed its acquisition of Medicago. Medicago’s shares are no longer listed as a result.

In terms of financing, IMRIS and Xylitol have both enetered into loan agreements. However, a number of other companies are also rasing capital through placements, including MedMira, Miraculins, and Bioniche .

Theres lots more to report, so hit the break to see the past weeks’ major biotech stories.

Once again, a big thank you to Jennifer Ng for her help in getting these stories to you.

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Monday Deal Review: March 25, 2013

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for March 25, 2013! This week’s big news was Valeant’s ongoing strategy of using acquisitions to bolster their product portfolio rather than R&D.  Valeant is paying US$19.75 per share of Obagi, which is a skin-care company that is thought to be a leader in the physician dispensed market. Following last year’s acquisition of skin-care maker Medicis, this acquisition is hoped to save $40 million a year for Valeant in cost synergies with tspectralhe new company. Analysts have said that Valeant is paying a little higher than the 2-2.5 times multiple of sales that Valeant has shown a preference to pay, although the cost synergies may be a likely explanation of that.

In other news, IMRIS and Cynapsus have closed private placements, while Trimel has continued their plan of a private placement in conjunction with their major shareholder Eugene Melnyk. Hit the break to catch up on all of the week’s major biotech news!

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Monday Deal Review: March 18, 2013

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for March 18, 2013! Another busy week on the investment front saw a number of financings close as well as details provided for ongoing private placements. On the M&A front, Ergoresearch and Victhom have entered into an arrangement whereby Ergoresearch will acquire Victhom. See the details on these transactions and the rest of the week’s major stories by clicking through!

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Monday Biotech Deal Review: August 29, 2011

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for August 29, 2011.  In addition to the usual private placement announcements and various commercial transactions, the ongoing hostile bid for Afexa Life Sciences was in the news, with the board of Afexa confirming its recommendation to shareholders to not tender their shares pursuant to the unsolicited bid by Paladin Labs.  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 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: 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

Monday Biotech Deal Review: November 29, 2010



Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review.  I hope our American readers had a very happy thanksgiving weekend, but hopefully there’s still some room left for your weekly digest of biotech deals.  This week witnessed the closing of the US$52M IMRIS financing [Ed. -- as well as a rafter of other deals].  Read on to learn more about these and other deals from the previous week.  Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: November 22, 2010

Welcome to your Monday Deal Review.  There was quite a bit of Canada / U.S. crossborder investment activity last week, with a $700M note offering by Valeant, IMRIS’ USD$52M public offering, and both IMRIS and Tekmira announcing their listing on the NASDAQ.   Read on to learn more, as well as the usual summaries of recent biotech activity. Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: November 15, 2010

Welcome to the Monday Biotech Deal Review for November 15, 2010.  Read on to learn about IMRIS’ proposed U.S. IPO, a mysterious merger in the making, and heart lasers (and how much they go for), together with your usual assortment of private placements, announcements and other biotech news.  Read more of this post

Monday Deal Review: November 8, 2010

Welcome to your Monday Deal Review.  The Canadian biotech sector was fairly busy this week, with approximately $17M in investment money flowing into biotech companies reviewed below.  Valeant is certainly raking the leaves this fall following the Biovail merger, settling lawsuits, entering a $1.5bn securities repurchase program, and entering strategic agreements this week after ending a collaboration last week.  Read on to learn more, as well as the usual assortment of biotech news.  Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: October 11, 2010

Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving!  This Monday Biotech Deal Review reports that it was a bad week for turkeys and a bit of a slow week on the biotech front, but read on to learn about some interesting collaborations, allegations and corporate immigrations. Read more of this post

Biotech’s Murky IPO Window Increases M&A Attractiveness

A recent press release from Burrill & Company points out that only 1 of 8 U.S. biotech IPOs in 2010 is currently trading above its IPO price. IMRIS was the last Canadian biotech IPO, completed in November 2007 at $6.00, and it is currently trading at $5.50 after dipping under $2 in late 2008. Facing these difficult public markets and limited treasuries, it is not surprising to see Canadian VCs opting to sell companies in their portfolios, including the recent sales of two companies with revenues. Toronto’s Visualsonics was sold to U.S.-based SonoSite for about 2.4 times Visualsonics’ trailing 12-month sales of $30 M. Montreal’s Resonant Medical was sold to Swedish company Elekta for about 3 times expected 2010/2011 revenue of $10 M.

Monday Biotech Deal Review: February 8, 2010

This week’s Canadian biotech deals feature a new private placement, two medical device acquisitions, a truly dedicated CEO, some HIV funding from Merck. Seeking redemption?   Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: December 21, 2009

This week’s deal review shows no signs of a holiday showdown.  In Canada, BioMS’ deal with Spectral Diagnostics was interesting as a possible indicator of more to come and internationally, 5 new pharma deals were announced this morning including a $430 million deal that OncoGenex landed from Teva joining new links between Athersys and Pfizer, Lilly and Incyte, sanofi-aventis and Chattem and Seattle Genetics and GSK.  Check out the past week’s Canadian deal-making (and breaking) after the jump…

Monday Biotech Deal Review: December 7, 2009

This was a fairly busy week for Canadian biotech deals, including a new brain-y collaboration for MaRS; peace at Patheon; some overallotment and some underallotment; some diversification by Canadian pharma (even if not on quite the scale of Pfizer’s deal with Protalix); and some trans-Atlantic acquisitiveness of a Canadian company’s own devicing [sic., sorry].  Don’t stop now… Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: November 9, 2009

B&W_BigNickelSome closings, some new deals, some MDS and some PBM all in this week’s deal review.

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Monday Biotech Deal Review: October 18, 2009

B&W_BigNickelThis week’s deal review has a big bought deal for IMRIS (and RBC), the details of Cardiome’s successful offer, and some follow-through for MethylGene and BioSyntech.  Read more of this post

Monday Deal Review: February 23, 2009

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