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Monday Biotech Deal Review: October 3, 2011

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for October 3, 2011.  Last week witnessed a flurry of financing activity, with over $50M closed.  As well, the competing take-over bids between Paladin and Valeant for Afexa heated up with both Valeant and Paladin sweetening their offers to Afexa shareholders.  Read on to learn more.  Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: September 19, 2011

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for September 19, 2011.  Of note in the past week was the extension of the hostile bid by Paladin Labs of Afexa Life Sciences to September 28th, the application by Merus to graduate to the TSXV, and the filing by Allon Therapeutics of a short-form preliminary prospectus.  Read on to learn more.  Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: September 12, 2011

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for September 12, 2011.  We hope everyone had a restful labo(u)r day long weekend, both north and south of the border.  This week’s biotech deal review is a double feature owing to last week’s holiday.  There has been a lot of activity in the past two weeks, including the announcement of a friendly takeover bid of Afexa by Valeant (Afexa is already the target of a hostile bid by Paladin).  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 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: 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 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: 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: July 26, 2010

Things were interesting for Forbes Medi-Tech (or at least its creditors), which saw a new bidder emerge for its assets. A few placements and other deals closed, some lower than expected. See who made it through the heat without wilting this week after the jump…

Monday Biotech Deal Review: July 19, 2010

Lots of deals this week. Some good news, some bad news. On the good news front, a steady volume of securities and M&A activity is continuing through the summer; and one Canadian firm benefits from the U.S. Defense Departments exploration of RNAi products as anti-virals. On the other hand front, though, a licensing option expired, a liquidation proceeded and marketing rights were voluntarily surrendered. See who’s who after the jump…

Monday Biotech Deal Review: February 22, 2010

There was a lot of follow-up among Canadian biotech deals this week: letters of intent turning into definitive agreements, merged companies turning to consolidation, bids launched on schedule and wrapped up; as well as an average crop of new M&Eh and securities.  Start things off with an interesting (cross-border!) twist to the SIFT/SR&ED deals we’ve seen after the jump…

Monday Biotech Deal Review: November 30, 2009

It was a fairly quiet week last week, but you still have options (har) after the jump, as well as an equity line, a debt settlement, a rights offering, licenses, and deals closing in a reasonably timely manner.

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Monday Biotech Deal Review: November 2, 2009

B&W_BigNickelIn this week’s Deal Review: SemBioSys hops on the SIFT Tax bandwagon; new deals from Microbix, OPMEDIC and GeneNews; and good updates from iCo Therapeutics, QLT, Noveko and Oncolytics. Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: October 25, 2009

B&W_BigNickelA very busy deal week coincided with a very busy work week (for those of us with day jobs), so allow me a particularly grateful thank-you to Jacob Cawker, who’s been an invaluable help with the Deal Review this and the last several weeks.  After the jump, licenses both inbound, outbound and just tied up (optioned); securities extended and accelerated (plus an actual common share offering, with the word “units” banished for one special week); and last but not least, a good volume of Canadian M&A (M&Eh?) from private to public to “just browsing.”  Read more of this post

Monday Deal Review: June 15, 2009

B&W_BigNickelAnother active week for Canadian deals, headed by Merck’s new deal with Xenon, along with some new funding, some new collaborations, and some new products coming to, and going from, Canadian companies all for your easy-reading pleasure after the jump…

Monday Deal Review: April 20, 2009

A relatively quiet week for the deal review this week…

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Monday Deal Review: March 16, 2009

M&A:

We already noted the JLL bid for Patheon this week, and the Patheon Special Committee’s response.  It turns out that JLL has been a busy enterprise lately, extending the expiration on a bid for PharmaNet Development Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: PDGI).

Partnering:

MedMira Inc., (TSX-V:MIR, NASDAQ: MMIRF), which has been active on the securities front with a debt settlement and a private placement, announced this week that it is has established a private label partnership with Vitest AG, which plans to market and sell MedMira rapid HIV tests in Africa under the Vitest brand.

Spectral Diagnostics Inc. (TSX: SDI) announced that it has signed a license agreement with Toray Industries, Inc. of Japan, granting Spectral the exclusive development and commercial rights in the U.S. for Toraymyxin™, a therapeutic device for the treatment of sepsis that removes endotoxin from the bloodstream. Under the terms of the agreement, Spectral will seek FDA approval for Toraymyxin™ and intends to commercialize the product together with its Endotoxin Activity Assay (EAA™), the only FDA-cleared diagnostic for the measurement of endotoxin.  

Venture Capital:

The Ontario Genomics Institute, through its Pre-commercialization Business Development Fund program,  invested an undisclosed amount in Cytognomix, a London, Ontario-based developer of cytogenetic DNA probes for potential use in diagnostics.  Cytognomix is developing single cell DNA probes that are smaller and more densely distributed across chromosomes than probes that are currently commercially available, and can be designed to specifically target and detect chromosomal abnormalities, such as those underlying cancer.

AgeChem subscribed for 50,000,000 units of Advitech Inc. (TSXV: AVI) at a price of $0.02 per unit (common share plus warrants exercisable at $0.05 or $0.10).  The closing is pending Advitech shareholder approval, exchange approval, and the coversion of certain of Advitech’s debt to AgeChem into equity.

The Caisse:

Last week, the Caisse (de dépôt et placement du Québec) brought in Robert Tessier as its new Chairman.  This week, Michael Sabia was appointed as the new CEO.

Securities:

Resverlogix Corp. (TSX:RVX) announced a USD$20 million private placement, with the possibility of a USD$10 to USD$15 million follow-on round (at 20% under the 5-day VWAP at the time). On closing, Resverlogix will issue units (one common share and 0.40 of a 5-year warrant at $2.72) at a price of CDN $2.72 per Unit. The Company is relying on the financial hardship provision of Section 604(e) of the TSX Company Manual, so a fully subscribed closing cannot occur prior to March 17th, 2009. The offering is highly dilutive — 31% without taking into account exercise of the warrants and 44% assuming full exercise of the warrants. The completion of the offering is subject to the approval of the TSX and all other necessary regulatory approvals.  Also, TSX is reviewing Resverlogix’s shares with respect to meeting the continued listing requirements. Reverlogix has been granted 210 days in which to regain compliance with these requirements,pursuant to the Remedial Review Process.

Akela Pharma Inc. (TSX: AKL) and LAB Research Inc. (TSX: LRI) have reached an agreement to settle all outstanding litigation initiated by the Akela against LAB Research in October 2008. LAB Research paid CAD$2 million and issued warrants entitling Akela to subscribe to 500,000 common shares of LAB Research at a price of $0.50 per share, the warrants expiring December 31, 2010. 

Helix BioPharma Corp. (TSX: HBP) registered its common shares with the SEC.

TSX has extended its review of the eligibility of the common shares of LMS Medical Systems Inc. (TSX: LMZ) for 30 days.

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