Drug Sponsors

J&J to acquire Actelion for $30B, spin-out new R&D company

Friday, January 27, 2017

Johnson & Johnson and Actelion have entered into a definitive transaction agreement under which Johnson & Johnson will launch an all-cash tender offer in Switzerland to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Actelion for $280 per share, payable in U.S. dollars, which equates to CHF 280.08 per share as of January 25, 2017. The transaction, which was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, is expected to be immediately accretive to Johnson & Johnson adjusted earnings per share and accelerate Johnson & Johnson revenue and earnings growth rates. Johnson & Johnson will fund the transaction with cash held outside the U.S.

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Certara launches Global Quantitative Systems Pharmacology Consortium

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Certara, a provider of decision support technology and consulting services for optimizing drug development and improving health outcomes, is launching a Quantitative Systems Pharmacology (QSP) Immunogenicity Consortium. Modeled after Certara’s Simcyp Consortium, and believed to be the first of its kind, the QSP Immunogenicity Consortium brings together biopharmaceutical companies in a pre-competitive environment to cooperatively develop an Immunogenicity Simulator that will predict immunogenicity of biologics and its impact on their pharmacokinetics, efficacy and safety in diverse patient populations.

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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to acquire AI startup Meta

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

iGan Partners is thrilled to announce the pending acquisition of its portfolio company, Meta, by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Launched in 2015 by Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is dedicated to advancing human potential and promoting equal opportunity, with a current focus on scientific research, education, and building strong communities. The goal of their science initiative is to cure, prevent, or manage all diseases by the end of this century.

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FDA Oncology Center of Excellence launches

Monday, January 23, 2017

The FDA is establishing the Oncology Center of Excellence (OCE) and appointing Dr. Richard Pazdur as its director. This will make oncology the first disease area to have a coordinated clinical review of drugs, biologics and devices across the agency’s three medical product centers.

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PharmAthene, Altimmune merge

Friday, January 20, 2017

PharmAthene and Altimmune, a privately-held immunotherapeutics company targeting infectious diseases, announced the signing of a definitive agreement for the merger of PharmAthene and Altimmune in an all-stock transaction. Altimmune’s current investors include Novartis Venture Fund, HealthCap, Truffle Capital and Redmont Capital. The combined company will be a fully-integrated and diversified immunotherapeutics company with four clinical stage and one preclinical stage programs. The proposed transaction does not affect PharmAthene’s previously announced special one-time cash dividend of $2.91 per share of common stock.

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MRC Technology Centre relocates to expand diagnostics research capability

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

MRC Technology, an independent medical research charity, has announced the relocation of its Centre for Diagnostics Development (CDD) to Nine, Edinburgh BioQuarter, in the U.K. The move forms part of the charity’s investment of over £7 million over the next five years to further its work accelerating diagnostic research into the clinic. CDD will potentially double its headcount over the same period.

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