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Current Agreements Deal Analysis Update : December 2014

Posted on 04 December 2014

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This month we provide you with an overview of deal analysis in the life science sectors, covering partnering, M&A and financing in November 2014 and give you an exclusive opportunity to gain discounted annual subscription access to our database.

Deal of the month

Acquisition agreement for Allergan

Nov 17, 2014 - Actavis, Allergan

Actavis and Allergan have entered into a definitive agreement under which Actavis will acquire Allergan for a combination of $129.22 in cash and 0.3683 Actavis shares for each share of Allergan common stock.....more

Breaking news...

Collaboration and licensing agreement for Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cells (CAR-T)

Nov 24, 2014 - Janssen Biotech, Transposagen Biopharmaceuticals

Transposagen Biopharmaceuticals have entered into a research collaboration and worldwide license agreement with Janssen Biotech to develop allogeneic Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cells (CAR-T).....more

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Welcome to the December 2014 edition of Current Agreements Deals Update.

As we approach the end of year, the month of November has seen a flurry of deal announcements dominated by big pharma companies bringing the total number of deals for the month to 234. The top partnering deal by value was the co-development and co-marketing agreement for MSB0010718C between MerckKGaA and Pfizer for $USD 2.85bn. Further details can be viewed here.

On the M&A front, 39 deals with very high values were announced; the leading deal was the acquisition of Allergan by Actavis in a deal valued at $USD 66bn. Further details can be viewed here.

On the financings front we recorded 98 announcements, with the leading deal by value being the royalty financing for $3.3bn by Royalty Pharma with Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics. Further details can be viewed here.

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Our Current Partnering website showcases the leading partnering, M&A and financing deals by value.

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Shamini Thiagarajan

Top ten partnering deal analysis of the month by deal value

The following are the top 10 partnering deals and alliances by value, as announced in November 2014.

1. Co-development and co-marketing agreement for MSB0010718C - Merck KGaA, Pfizer- $2.85bn

2. Asset purchase agreement for hearing aid unit - EQT, Siemens- $2.69bn

3. Development and licensing agreement for ITCA 650 -  Intarcia Therapeutics, Servier- $1.05bn

4. Collaboration agreement for Imetelstat- Geron, Janssen Biotech - $920m

5. Option agreement to acquire Galecto Biotech and TD139 - Bristol-Myers Squibb, Galecto Biotech - $444m

6. Collaborative R&D agreement for compounds that modulate unfolded protein response - Astellas Pharma, Proteostasis Therapeutics - $400m

7. Grant award for $350 million for ebola vaccines research - Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) - $335m

8. Asset purchase agreement for Myalept (metreleptin for injection) - Aegerion Pharmaceutical, AstraZeneca - $325m

9. Collaboration and licensing agreement for Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cells (CAR-T) - Janssen Biotech, Transposagen Biopharmaceuticals - $292m

10. Asset purchase agreement for animal health assets - Abbott Laboratories, Zoetis- $255m

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Top five M&A deal analysis of the month by deal value

The following are the top 5 M&A deals, as announced in November 2014.

1. Acquisition agreement for Allergan for $66bn- by Actavis

2. Acquisition agreement for Covance for $6.1n-by Laboratory Corporation of America

3. Acquisition agreement for Omega Pharma for $1.5bn-by SPerrigo

4. Acquisition agreement for Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals for $1.56bn - by Advent International and Avista Capital Partners

5. Acquisition agreement for Prosensa for $840m-by BioMarin Pharmaceutical

Full details of each deal available at Current Agreements*

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Big pharma deal analysis November 2014

November saw 35 partnering deals announced with big pharma being at least one of the parties of the deal.

AstraZeneca was particularly active, leading partnering activities in November.

AstraZeneca partnering- November 2014

  • Co-development agreement for novel delivery methods for antisense oligonucleotides - with Isis Pharmaceuticals
  • Asset purchase agreement for Myalept (metreleptin for injection) - with Aegerion Pharmaceutical
  • Option agreement for acquiring FS201 - with F-Star Alpha
  • Collaboration agreement for drug delivery technology -with University of Manchester
  • Evaluation agreement for MEDI4736 and Imbruvica -with Novartis
  • Research agreement to evaluate Opdivo (nivolumab), Yrvoy (ipilimumab) and multiple agents -with Johnson & Johnson, Pharmacyclics

AstraZeneca partnering interests

AstraZeneca profile

AstraZeneca partnering report

Further details of all big pharma deals are available atCurrent Agreements.

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