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Monday Deal Review: September 9, 2013

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for September 9, 2013! This week saw Medicago recieve the shareholder approval it needed in order to continue its arrangement with MTPC.  Cash consideration of $1.16 will be given for each share of Medicago.

For more detail on this deal, as well as the rest of the major recent biotech stories, hit the break!

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Monday Deal Review: April 29, 2013

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for April 29, 2013! This week saw Ergoresearch and Amorfix close their previously announced private offerings. Trimel, meanwhile, has raised $40 million from their public offering of 50,000,000 common shares. On the acquisition front, Valeant received approval from Uklraine’s anti-monopoly authority, after extending the deadline for their tender offer for Obagi, which has now closed.  Get the details on these key transactions, as well as the rest of the week’s major news, by clicking through!

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Monday Deal Review: August 27, 2012

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for August 27, 2012.  Highlights from the previous two weeks include Miraculins Inc’s grant of stock options and distribution agreement with London Drugs, Microbix Biosyetem’s licensing of a thrombolytic biopharmaceutical to Zydus Cadila, and BIOREM’s closing of its private placement.  The Monday Deal Review for August 13, 2012 also marked the last Review authored by Jacob Cawker.  We’d like to thank Jacob for his hard work and years of service! For more about me, please see my Bio, here.  Read on to learn more. Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: March 12, 2012

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for Monday March 12, 2012.  Following a break, the Monday Biotech Deal Review is back with summaries of biotech transactions over the previous weeks.  Activity has been impressive over the past month, with pharma-giant Valeant Pharmaceuticals syndicating $600M in senior secured indebtedness under its existing senior credit facility to fund (among other things) future acquisitions, Alexion Pharmaceuticals completing its acquisition of Enobia Pharma for $610M and Futuremed Healthcare Products Corporation was acquired by Cardinal Health Inc.  Also of note was the recent $80.5M equity financing by YM BioSciences as well as the reverse takeover of The Atman Co. by Biotonix.  Read on to learn more.   Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: January 23, 2012

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for January 23, 2012.  Noteworthy news from the previous week include the sweetening of the offer by Valeant for ISTA Pharmaceuticals by an additional dollar per share ($7.50 from $6.50), and the adoption by ISTA of a shareholder rights plan to replace its recently expired plan.  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: 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 26, 2011

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for September 26, 2011.  Noteworthy news from last week included a hint that Labopharm will enhance its offer for the shares of Afexa Life Sciences if its two shareholder rights plans are waived or cease-traded by the ASC.  As well, Medicago announced a significant private placement for proceeds of up to $24.5M, and Valeant has announced its intention to refinance its secured credit facilities with a new $1.7bn facility.  Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: May 30, 2011

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for Monday May 30, 2011.  This week features summaries of the previous two weeks’ events in the biotech space, following the May 24 holiday weekend.  There hasn’t been too much activity, however Valeant is on the move, acquiring AB Sanitas for EUR 314M in cash.  Read on to learn more.   Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: April 11, 2011

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for April 11, 2011.  Notable events in the Canadian biotech space over the past week included: (i) the filing by Valeant with the SEC of a consent solicitation statement in furtherance of its efforts to replace the board of its hostile target Cephalon; (ii) the approval by creditors of the plan put forward by Angiotech in respect of its restructuring and the sanctioning of the plan by courts in Canada and the U.S.; (iii) the closing of a $34.5M private placement by MethylGene; and (iv) the resignation of the board of directors of Ambrilia and the seeking by Ambrilia to pursue insolvency proceedings under the Bankruptcy statute as opposed to creditor protection under the CCAA.  Read on to learn more.  Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: March 29, 2011

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for March 28, 2011.  There was a flurry of financing activity last week, with over $76M raised or announced in biotech funds (not including the $60M Genome Canada investment announced by the Government of Canada).  Double-digit million-dollar deals included MethylGene’s $34.5M private placement announcement, Medicago’s $17M private placement announcement, and the closing of Novadaq’s $15M private placement.  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 17, 2011

Welcome to your Monday Biotech Deal Review for January 17, 2011.  Among other things, the past week saw a third extension of deadlines for Angiotech’s debt restructuring efforts, a management-approved take-over bid of WEX Pharmaceuticals, and American DARPA money being spent on Medicago for the development of a H5N1 vaccine.  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: 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 25, 2010

Welcome to your weekly review of Canadian biotech deals for October 25, 2010.  Last week’s notable transactions included the Qualifying Transaction of TSXV CPC company CCS Capital Inc. (now known as China Health Labs & Diagnostics Ltd.) and ProMetic’s strategic agreement with Allist Pharmaceuticals Inc., for the commercialization in China of two of ProMetic’s drug candidates.  Read on to learn more about these transactions, as well as the usual assortment of Canadian biotech news. Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: October 18, 2010

Despite the short week, it was a busy one in the Canadian biotech sector. Read on to learn about the Labopharm / Paladin licensing deal, Ondine’s new facelift (and 15:1 equity liposuction), and various other biotech updates and news. 

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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: June 28, 2010

We follow a number of trends here at the blog, and two of them showed up as Canadian deals this week. Add those to the Biovail-Valeant merger, Æterna’s offering and a whole slew of commercial deals, and it’s been a pretty big week in Canadian deal-making.

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Monday Biotech Deal Review: June 21, 2010

This week saw a slew of licensing and commercial deals, including HIV programs for MedMira in Nigeria and Dignitas in Malawi. On the securities side, Aquinox’s $25 million B round headlined a $47 million week. Rounding out the week is Enerkem’s demonstration project funding, which will go towards reducing emissions from biorefineries.

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Monday Biotech Deal Review: May 17, 2010

Lots of quarterly earnings announcements this week means a dip in deal activity. Still plenty of interesting stuff, though, including a new partnership and new listing plans for Tekmira. Meanwhile, for Medicago it’s graduation day, with a $10m present standby deal from Mom and Dad Yorkville Advisors on offer as it takes its symbol to the TSX big board from the venture exchange.

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Monday Biotech Deal Review: March 22, 2010

Bought deals are all the rage this week, with BioExx and Osta Biotechnologies both heading in that direction.  Also, everywhere we look, warrants are being exercised and debentures are being converted. We even noted the green shoots of a new Canadian listed biotech company poking through the ground via a CPC transaction.  Is there a Spring thaw in Canada’s biotech capital markets?  Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: March 8, 2010

A busy week in Canadian deals, with Paladin Labs in a global transaction with SpePharm; M&A activity from therapeutics and consulting companies; the last of the SIFT/SR&ED deals; over $20 million of new offerings from BioSign, Bradmer and YM; government funding for Medicago and Isotechnika; a new standby equity deal from Yorkville for Allon; and the closing of the first deal of the rest of BioMS’ new life. Read more of this post

Monday Biotech Deal Review: January 4, 2010

Welcome back, and happy 2010! If you’ve been away for a couple of weeks, check out the winners and losers from our 2009 Trends, and the year’s top posts.

If you’re just here for the deals, don’t fret, we have those too: a busy bunch of closings ended 2009, with almost $12 million flowing into the coffers of Canadian biotech companies from December investors over the past two weeks.  But don’t expect a quiet January in the Biotech Deal Review — Med BioGene has filed for its U.S. IPO, Agrium continues its push for CF Industries and Prism has engaged a Special Committee.  Details of those and all the other goodies you missed while you were voting in IVB’s year-end round up after the jump…

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: November 23, 2009

A slightly delayed Deal Review this week because of some non-biotech deal activity.  Live, from New York, it’s the Deal Review!

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Monday Biotech Deal Review: November 16, 2009

B&W_BigNickelThis week’s Canadian biotech roundup features a dose of all kinds of deals, though common shares appear to be figuring more prominently lately than they were earlier in 2009.  Lots of multijurisdictional activity too, with the U.S., the UK and Germany all participating in this week’s transactions. Other notable cross-border developments include the acquisition of IMS Health by CPP (and TPG), and Agrium’s continuing play for CF Industries.  Keep reading after the jump…

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 12, 2009

Here’s the roundup for today. It’s the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, but there’s not a turkey in the bunch.  Read more of this post

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