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Mergers And Acquisition

Gyroscope enters Orbit for merger
Gyroscope Therapeutics, spun out of Cambridge and Syncona, has merged with Orbit Biomedical to form a fully-integrated retinal gene therapy developer.
Willow Biosciences follows public path
Willow Biosciences is the result of a three-way merger between University of Calgary spinout Epimeron, BioCan Technologies and CSE-listed Makena Resources.
Liftupp climbs with ExamSoft
Liverpool's health sciences academic assessment software spinout has been bought by exam platform ExamSoft, which will augment and integrate its services.
EMV Capital rescues Vortex and Wanda
NetScientific has exited its loss-making portfolio companies Vortex and Wanda after originally deciding to close the two medical diagnostics ventures last week.
Graphine combines with Unity
Ghent University-founded texture streaming technology creator Graphine has been picked up by Unity Technologies, providing an exit to research institute Imec’s iStart accelerator.
Big deal: Nightstar shines bright in $800m acquisition
Nightstar Therapeutics, based on Oxford research, stands to receive $800m from Biogen in an acquisition deal that comes a year and a half after completing a $75m IPO.
Sarepta rakes in Myonexus for $165m
Sarepta Therapeutics exercised its option to acquire Nationwide Children’s gene therapy spinout Myonexus Therapeutics after paying at least $60m for the right in May 2018.
Roche finds Spark in $4.3bn acquisition
Spark Therapeutics publicly listed in 2015 and is set to net Children's Hospital of Philadelphia up to $458m following its acquisition by Roche.

Other News

Stanford-backed Eero connects to Amazon
Stanford-backed wifi system developer Eero has been picked up by Amazon after launching a product designed to provide high performance for devices including smart home products.
Ansys grabs Cambridge spinout Granta
Engineering and 3D design product firm Ansys has bought Cambridge-founded Granta Design and will offer the company's materials information products to its customers.
Samsung trains its focus on Corephotonics
Samsung is reportedly eyeing Tel Aviv University-founded smartphone camera technology developer Corephotonics for $150m to $160m after backing its series B and C rounds.
Mahle puts ZG into gear
Founded out of TUM, transmission gear manufacturer ZG-Zahnräder und Getriebe has been bought by Mahle to bolster its integrated drive system capacity.
OraSure carries up CoreBiome
Minnesota-founded microbial analysis spinout CoreBiome has been bought by medical diagnostics firm OraSure Technology after raising $1.4m from investors including Minnesota’s Discovery Capital fund.
Boston Scientific picks up Millipede for $325m
Boston Scientific has exercised its option to wholly acquire Millipede, based on research at Michigan, having purchased a $90m stake in the mitral regurgitation treatment device maker last year.

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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