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Trade Sale

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.
Woodford unloads IP Group stake
Woodford’s stake in IP Group is being sold at a 13% discount on market trading as its suspended Equity Income fund sharply pivots to FTSE 100 investments.
Allied Minds hits the end zone at HawkEye 360
Allied Minds will collect $65.6m for its 58% stake in data analytics satellite operator HawkEye 360, which it founded on the back of Virginia Tech research.
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.

Other News

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.
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.

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: QuantumScape fuels up on VW cash
VW will invest $100m in QuantumScape and form a joint venture with the Stanford spinout to develop batteries for long-range electric vehicles.
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.
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