CROs/Service Providers

INC Research, inVentiv Health complete merger

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

INC Research Holdings, a global phase I-IV CRO, and inVentiv Health, a privately held global CRO and Contract Commercial Organization, announced the successful completion of their previously announced merger. The combination creates the only fully integrated biopharmaceutical solutions organization, including an end-to-end CRO and CCO. INC Research/inVentiv Health will continue to trade on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol “INCR.” The combined company will be known as INC Research/inVentiv Health on an interim basis until a relaunch under a new brand in 2018.

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Evotec to acquire Aptuit

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Evotec and Aptuit announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Evotec will acquire Aptuit for $300 million. This transaction will strengthen Evotec’s position as the leading global player in the external innovation marketplace. As a partner research organization for integrated outsourced drug discovery and development solutions, Aptuit offers highly synergistic scientific expertise across drug discovery, pre-clinical testing and both drug substance and drug product manufacturing to its Biopharma partners. The acquisition will add considerable business opportunities to further accelerate Evotec’s long-term strategy to be the industry partner of choice for external innovation.

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ICON acquires Mapi Group

Monday, July 31, 2017

Icon, a global provider of drug development solutions and services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, has acquired the Mapi Group, a Patient-Centered Health Outcomes Research and Commercialization company.

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LabCorp to acquire Chiltern for $1.2B in cash

Monday, July 31, 2017

LabCorp, a global life sciences company, and Chiltern, a specialty CRO, announced that LabCorp will acquire Chiltern pursuant to a definitive agreement with Chiltern’s shareholders in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $1.2 billion. Once the transaction is complete, Chiltern will become part of LabCorp’s Covance segment.

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Initial results from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute personalized neoantigen vaccine published

Friday, July 7, 2017

Neon Therapeutics, an immuno-oncology company developing neoantigen-based therapeutic vaccines and T cell therapies to treat cancer, has announced the publication of an article in Nature presenting initial feasibility, safety, immunogenicity and clinical outcomes for a personalized neoantigen vaccine in patients with adjuvant melanoma. The article entitled ‘An immunogenic personal neoantigen vaccine for patients with melanoma’ (DOI 10.1038/nature22991) demonstrates the validity of the neoantigen vaccine approach as an effective immunotherapy.

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