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Mergers And Acquisition

Apple screens iKinema for acquisition
Founded from University of Surrey's Space Centre, iKinema was bought by Apple in a move seemingly aligned with the corporate's foray into virtual and augmented reality.
Infineon lands Dice
Infineon Technologies Austria has bought its portfolio company Dice, a Johannes Kepler University spinout that produces integrated circuits for radar-powered sensors.
StretchSense reaches out for new ownership
Wearable sensor maker StretchSense, a University of Auckland spinout, has been purchased out of administration by an unnamed buyer.
GitHub commits to Semmle acquisition
Oxford spinout Semmle has been acquired by GitHub, a subsidiary of Microsoft, providing exits to investors including Accel that had supplied $31m in funding.
Palo Alto Networks puts up $75m for Zingbox
Stanford-StartX Fund is set to exit the IoT security platform developer in a $75m purchase by Palo Alto Networks.
Vertex veers to Semma for $950m acquisition
Novartis, Medtronic and SinoPharm will exit the stem cell-based diabetes therapy developer in an acquisition by Vertex Pharmaceuticals.
Zogenix ingests Modis for up to $400m
Modis Therapeutics, a Columbia University spinout focused on a rare mitochondrial disease, has been bought by Zogenix in a deal potentially worth $400m.
VMware ingrains StartX-backed Intrinsic
Intrinsic, an IT security startup with serverless execution capabilities backed by Stanford-StartX Fund, has been bought by enterprise software publisher VMware.

Other News

Woodford loses touch with Ultrahaptics
Woodford Investment Management has reportedly reaped $24.1m on its 20% stake in University of Bristol's Ultrahaptics.
Litera reads up on Doxly acquisition
Doxly has become the first exit for the IU Philanthropic Venture Fund after its acquisition by Litera Microsystems.
GraphPad scribbles down SnapGene
SnapGene, a molecular biology documentation spinout of UChicago, has been acquired by scientific data analysis tool provider GraphPad Software.
Freiburg celebrates Cytena exit
Cell culturing technology Cellink has bought University of Freiburg's single-cell dispensing spinout Cytena for almost $34m.
Aquinox combines with Washington’s Neoleukin
UW-founded cancer immunotherapy developer Neoleukin Therapeutics will merge with Aquinox in an all-share deal giving the spinout's shareholders roughly 38.6% equity in the new company.
Ford receives Quantum Signal
Quantum Signal has been bought by Ford after two decades of quietly producing technologies for robotic applications including autonomous driving.

Editor's Picks

Otsuka takes up Veryan’s acquisition offer
ICL vascular implant spinout Veryan Medical has been bought by medical device firm Otsuka after raising $56m from investors including IP Group.
Big deal: Novo pens $800m Ziylo acquisition
Ziylo, a spinout from University of Bristol that is working on a diabetes treatment, has been acquired by Novo Nordisk for a total that could exceed $800m.
Big deal: Roche derives MS treatment
Versant's unusual build-to-buy model has resulted in Roche acquiring a target for MS based on UCSF research and the venture firm launching a new spinout, Pipeline Therapeutics.
Tsinghua spreads $1.3bn buyout
Tsinghua University offers $1.3bn in a takeover bid of smartphone chipset manufacturer Spreadtrum.
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