22.03.2012 - Two pharma majors have announced on BIO-Europe Spring (Amsterdam) to back the launch of a €150m life science investment fund, managed by Index Ventures.
The investment backed by Johnson&Johnson and GlaxoSmithKline represents a new pharmaceutical-VC partnership model intended to propel early stage pre-competitive innovation. The fund includes investments from several of Index’s largest existing limited partners, which can capitalise on the shared expertise of GSK and J&J through their participation in the fund’s scientific advisory board. “The endeavor we are taking to discover new drugs is enormous. It’s key for us to reach out to any new ideas anywhere in the world,” said Moncef Slaoui, Chairman R&D, GSK. “We need to capture the diversity of ideas and talent.” With the investment into early biotech research pharma companies want to fill the productivity gap in their own pipelines. According to figures published by Eli Lilly advisor Bernhard Munos in Forbes, pharma companies currently have to invest between US$4bn to US$11bn to bring a new entity to the market.
31.03.2015 In its aim to expand its drug portfolio in orphan disease products, Horizon Pharma has acquired US company Hyperion Therapeutics for US$1.1bn in cash. The takeover entitles the UK biopharma to all of Hyperion’s common stock.
31.03.2015 Merck Serono has forged a US$941m (€876m) deal with US Intrexon for the development and commercialisation of CAR-T therapies. The new CAR-T projects are set to strengthen their R&D technology portfolio in immuno-oncology.
24.03.2015 Poland has announced the closing of a new venture capital fund at US$42m (€32m). The fund, which is the first of its kind in Poland, is dedicated to the Life Sciences with a strong connection to Central and Eastern Europe.
23.03.2015 A BASF-led consortium aims to decrease bio-based production costs using industrial biotechnology. The Horizon2020 funded consortium is the sixth project of the SPIRE Public Private Partnership and has a budget of €14m.
17.03.2015 Pharma giants GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) will be key collaborators in a new global fund for dementia research to address the rising threat posed by dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
12.03.2015 With around 1,400 companies and 2,400 participants, the springtime counterpart of BIO-Europe enjoyed a successful premiere in France this year. The overall mood of the European biotech industry was positive, and the French hosts in particular reported new initiatives.