July 25, 2011
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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
August 6, 2009
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When Q2’s venture capital investment numbers came out for U.S. investment, healthcare/biotech investments were on top, beating out even IT investments in that period and generating some optimism.
Dow Jones has released the worldwide Q2 venture capital numbers (H/T @startupcfo, and things do not look so rosy here in Canada:
- The overall number of VC deals in 1H 2009 Canada was off 30% from 2008 levels, and the average raise was down as well, resulting in a nearly 50% drop in total investment from 2008 levels. That’s over $130 million less invested in 2009.
- Unlike in the U.S., there was no silver lining for biotech in Canada. Whereas IT investment was about 1/3 off its 2008 levels, healthcare/bio was off a whopping 62%, raising only $18 million total in the first 6 months of 2009!
One caveat is that things are not quite as bad as they seem on the biotech front, since quarter-to-quarter volatility is normally very high. In fact, Allostera closed a $17 million A round in July which practically doubles the YTD number from 1H levels, and I don’t expect we’ve seen the end of Q3 biotech VC activity.
Bottom Line: Even if a few banner deals pull the statistics up for Q3, BIOTECanada’s numbers will not improve without OVCF, OETF and Teralys making some sustained commitments to the biotech sector. No time like the present, folks.
July 8, 2009
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Allostera Pharma Inc. anounced today that it closed a $17 million Series A round today, funded by four Canadian VCs: iNovia Capital, Genesys Capital, BDC Venture Capital with GO Capital, and Fonds Bio-Innovation s.e.c.
The company is a spin-out of a University of Montreal-affiliated hospital and it has a platform to make peptide drugs that inhibit receptor signalling allosterically (i.e., without inhibiting ligand binding). The lead product, in early stage trials, is an IL23-receptor inhibitor.
That’s a pretty healthy A round, coming as it does on the same day as Private Equity Analyst released U.S. data showing that U.S. VCs “raised $5.1 billion across 52 funds, down 63% from the $13.6 brought in by 115 funds last year.”
On the third hand, there’s Excel Venture Management’s new $125 million Boston-based fund, which will “focus (sic) its investments on healthcare information technology, services, diagnostics, medical devices, and life sciences platforms with applicability to adjacent industries such as energy, chemicals, defense, and agriculture.”