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Monday Deal Review: November 11, 2013

  Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for November 11, 2013! This week’s big story was the announcement that Paladin Labs has agreed to be acquired by NASDAQ-listed Endo Health Solutions for $1.7 billion. The deal will lead to existing Paladin shareholders recieving shares in a new holding company (holding both Endo and Paladin shares) and newly formed Canadian public company Knight Therepeutics.

There were many more notable deals this past week, so follow the link to see the full week’s worth of major biotech stories!

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Monday Deal Review: November 4, 2013

  Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for November 4, 2013! A number of financings have closed in the past week, with a few more placement being announced as well.  Prometric is continuing with its public offering, while OPMEDIC is continuing with its amalgamation which will take the company private.

Follow the link to see the full week’s worth of major biotech stories!

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Monday Deal Review: February 25, 2013

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for February 25, 2013!

This week saw significant activity on the investment front. Stem Cell Therepeutics and Sirona have each indicated an intention to raise funds through private placements, while Oncolytics Biotech is aggressively hoping to raise $32 million through a public offering. Sernova, Helix BioPharma and Amforfix have each closed their own private placements this week as well. On the M&A front, Cangene has closed their acquisition of the hemophilia compound IB1001, acquiring it through Inspiration Biopharmaceutical’s bankruptcy.

There’s more great stories this week, so click onward to see the whole week’s Deal Review.

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Monday Deal Review: January 28, 2013

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for January 28, 2013!  The past week was relatively quiet, but highlights include Sernova’s $2 million private placement and Helix’s closing of their $8.5 million sale of the Rivex division.  Click below to get the whole week’s stories!

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Monday Biotech Deal Review: July 30, 2012

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for Monday July 30, 2012.  Highlights from the previous weeks include the closing of the $13 million public offering by Trimel Pharmaceuticals and $7.5 million loan, as well as the M&A activity involving Functional Technologies Inc. and Medifocus Inc. Read on to learn more.  Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: June 18, 2012

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for June 18, 2012.  Highlights from the previous week include the $10 million subscription receipt financing by Allon Therapeutics, the elimination of $11.8 million in debt by MedMira and the syndication of $600 million in debt by Valeant under its existing senior secured credit facilities.  Read on to learn more.  Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: November 14, 2011

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for November 14, 2011, marking the end of its one month hiatus.  The Monday Biotech Deal Review will now be resuming its normal weekly schedule.  Below are summaries of recent transactions over the past month, which includes the acquisition of Afexa by Valeant for $0.85 per Afexa share, in cash.    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: 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: 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 Deal Review: November 1, 2010

Welcome to the Monday Deal Review for November 1, 2010.  This week’s review contains the news of a possible recapitalization of Angiotech, following its deferral of interest payments on 7.75% Senior Subordinated Notes due October 1, 2010.  Read on to learn more, as well as other happenings from last week’s biotech scene. Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: August 16, 2010

Another decent week for Canada’s biotech companies, with about $30 million of securities sold and more deals launched. Big headlines this week for Alectos’ Alzheimer’s collaboration with Merck, which gets a US$289 million number but declines to split out the up-front payment or other details of the fee structure. Also, eHealth Ontario is spending significant money again, this time awarding a $46.5 million contract to a CGI subsidiary for work on a chronic disease management system. Finally, Biovail sold some CRO assets in a deal that passed under the radar until their Q2 report. 

And, to make sure an important thank-you doesn’t fly under the radar, I’d like to include an above-the-fold thanks this week to Keldeagh Lindsay, the Ogilvy Renault student who has been doing a great job helping out with the Monday Biotech Deal Review all summer. And now,

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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: June 29, 2009

B&W_BigNickelThis week’s Monday Deal Review has a full set of equity deals from shelf to launch to close, one new U.S. registration and one deregistration to match, and some ideas for what to do with your debt (!), all after the jump…

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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