Mergers And Acquisition

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.
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.
10X Genomics picks up Spatial Transcriptomics
10X Genomics has purchased genomic analysis platform Spatial Transcriptomics, based on research at Karolinska Institute and KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Other News

Exscientia scents Kinetic for acquisition
Dundee spinout Kinetic Discovery has been picked up by its peer Exscientia in a deal consolidating the equity of Frontier IP, which held stakes in both drug discovery companies.
Forescout successfully tracks SecurityMatters in $113m deal
Forescout Technologies has paid approximately $113m to acquire operational technology security provider and University of Twente spinout SecurityMatters.
Oracle catches DataFox
Stanford-StartX Fund has exited business intelligence software provider DataFox in an acquisition of undisclosed size by Oracle.
ZoneFox enters Fortinet perimeter
Fortinet has acquired Edinburgh Napier spinout ZoneFox for an undisclosed sum and will integrate the company’s machine learning technology into its own cybersecurity offering.
Big deal: Novartis picks up Endocyte for $2.1bn
Endocyte emerged out of Purdue University in 1996, completed an initial public offering in 2011 and has now agreed to an acquisition by Novartis worth $2.1bn.
NovoEd passes acquisition test
Occupational learning tool developer NovoEd, based on research at Stanford, has been bought by Devonshire Investors after raising $4.8m of series A capital in 2014.

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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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