Venture Funding Deals: Alector, Ascentage, Gossamer And Compass Lead Summer Rounds
Compass raises $132m in Series A as it moves from screening to the clinic, and start-up HotSpot Therapeutics comes out of stealth mode with a $45m Series A financing co-led by Atlas Venture and Sofinnova Partners.
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Ten $1bn+ alliances were penned in January. In the top alliance by deal value, Shanghai Argo Biopharmaceutical entered into exclusive collaboration with Novartis Pharma for two undisclosed Argo cardiovascular disease programs, one in Phase I and another in Phase I/IIa. Novartis gets an exclusive global license to develop and commercialize the Phase I program and also receives an option to potentially license compounds directed against up to two additional targets. For the Phase I/IIa program, Novartis gets an exclusive license worldwide except in Greater China. The deal could be worth up to $4.17bn for Argo.
During Q4, biopharma merger and acquisition deal value reached $63bn and drew in $75.4bn in potential deal value from alliances. Device company M&A values reached $4.8bn, while in vitro diagnostics and research tools players’ M&A activity totaled $3.4bn.