Top Biopharma Deal April 2021: CRISPR – Vertex for CTX001 for Sickle Cell Disease and Transfusion-Dependent Beta-Thalassemia
CRISPR Therapeutics and Vertex Pharmaceuticals amended their 2015 deal to develop and commercialize gene editing therapies. This expansion is for Phase I/II CTX001 for severe sickle cell diseases and transfusion-dependent beta-thalassemia. CRISPR will receive $900M up front, up to $200M in milestones upon the first regulatory approval, and a cost/profit split of 40%.
Debiopharm granted Merck exclusive, worldwide rights to develop and commercialize Xevinapant in Phase III for advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. Debiopharm will receive EUR188M ($227M) up front and is eligible for up to EUR710M ($856M) in milestones, plus royalties. This was the largest upfront cash and equity for a partnership signed in March 2021.
Biotech and pharma deals in 2020 soared to an all-time high of 1,154 signed deals with $146.3 billion in total value, defying expectations that the global Covid-19 pandemic would hamper dealmaking. Global healthcare and life sciences R&D partnership activity was up 23 percent over 2019 and total deal values rose 31 percent from the previous year, driven in part by advances in technological and molecular understandings of disease pathways, and a drive toward targeted precision medicines.
Vir Biotechnology and GSK expanded their partnership with a new deal to develop VIR-2482 and mAbs for influenza. This was the largest upfront cash and equity for a partnership signed in Feb. 2021.
Biotech and pharma M&A total deal values slumped in 2020, despite an active year in life sciences dealmaking, with no big standout biopharma deals until late in the second half of the year. We look at the extensive DealForma database to see how life sciences M&A activity shaped up in 2020 in more detail.
This article is a sample from the DealForma Annual Deal Trends Report provided to database subscribers. Data for this analysis was compiled using the DealForma biopharma deals database. We applied initial filters for mergers and acquisitions, therapeutic areas, asset...
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