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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 Deal Review: March 4, 2013

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for March 4, 2013! The highlights from the past week include Oncolytics’ closing of their$32 million public offering, an update on Paladin’s ongoing share purchase program, and Atrium’s joint venture agreement with Fosum.  Get the details on these and the rest of the week’s major biotech news by clicking through.

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Monday Deal Review: December 10, 2012

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for December 10, 2012.  This week saw significant activity in the commercial and licensing agreements arena, as well as a couple M&Eh transactions. Of particular note is Valeant’s commercial resolution of their ongoing issues with Gladerma SA stemming from Valeant’s recent purchase of Medicis.  On the M&A side of things, Biosign has purchased their exclusive distributor Bioanalytics Inc. hot on the heels of closing their recent private placement, which closed the previous week. See the rest of a relatively busy past week’s major biotech deals by clicking through!
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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: September 14, 2009

B&W_BigNickelThe Monday Deal Review is back in full force this week following a Labo(u)r Day vacation last week and there’s plenty of news including more information on the MDS-Danaher transaction and plenty of other companies finding ways to raise money and keep the lights on.  Keep reading after the jump…

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 after the jump…

Monday Deal Review: June 22, 2009

B&W_BigNickelA whole gaggle of securities deals, a cluster of licenses and a flock of M&A all migrate back to Canada for summer in this week’s Monday Deal Review.  Plus, a deal that may improve the medical isotope shortage.   after the jump…

Monday Deal Review: May 25, 2009

bignickel1This week’s deal review has a couple of new placements, a couple of new plants, a very interesting claim asserted in Boston, and many, many updates on deals we have previously covered.  Check out the full review after the jump…

Monday Deal Review: May 18, 2009

bignickel1A fairly quiet week on the deal front, but if Becton Dickinson can sell $750 million of 10- and 30-year notes just for the heck of it, things in the market can’t be too bad, right?  Here’s what I saw on the wires this week…

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Canadian M&A: Akela Pharma and Nventa to Merge, Akela Shareholders to Own 70%

Akela Pharma Inc. (TSX: AKL) and Nventa Biopharmaceuticals (TSX: NVN) will merge by exchanging 0.0355 Akela shares for each Nventa share, resulting in an approximate 70/30 ownership split between Akela and Nventa shareholders, respectively, in the combined entity. The public company will retain Akela’s name, management, and ticker symbol (AKL).  The arrangement arrangement was unanimously approved by both Boards.  Conditions: approvals from Nventa shareholders, the British Columbia Supreme Court and the Toronto Stock Exchange, and a minimum amount of $1.5M of net cash in Nventa.  Current (post-announcement)  Akela market cap: $3.46 million.

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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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Wednesday Brain Dump: February 11, 2009

Deep Appreciation:for Phillip Terrence Ragon, founder and sole proprietor of database-software provider InterSystems who donated $100 million to establish a research institute that focuses on expediting the development of an AIDS vaccine, and to Pfizer Canada which contributed a further $2 million to British Columbia’s Center for Drug Research and Development (CDRD); and The State of Georgia is contemplating a $180 million bioscience research park.

Social Agitation: French scientists decided their street protests were their best approach to halting the government’s science and higher education reforms and rejected mediation.

Better Cogitation:Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) shows neuroprotective effects in animal models of Alzheimers’, but it won’t stop cries of ‘brain drain’ following Canada’s 2009 Budget.

Free Publication: ScienceInsider reports that Rep. Conyers’ (D-MI) bill that would eliminate free full-text publication of NIH-funded research is back on the table this session.

Self Regulation:More Pharma companies are implementing voluntary disclosure of physician payments (under threat of legislation); and some researchers are taking steps to prevent disclosures of potentially harmful research (under threat of annihilation).

Reconsideration: Researchers at Emory decided that flu pandemic deaths in 1918 may have been primarily from bacterial superinfections rather than the virus itself; Icahn decided to nominate another slate of Biogen-Idec directors; Everybody decided to take another look at their luciferase screening assay controls; and the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) decided to take another look at payment for PSA testing for prostate cancer detection.

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