With Second Licensing Deal In A Month, Ikaria Adds To Critical Care Pipeline
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Deal with Fibrex Medical brings Ikaria a Phase II cardiology drug plus two preclinical compounds.
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Although Ikaria focuses on a highly specialized segment of the hospital market, its integrated business model offers insights into continuum of care strategies that pharma companies are evaluating in a reimbursement-focused world. The company’s promising strategy could get a boost from key trial read-outs as soon as late 2012.
Highlights from the Q3 2009 review of start-up dealmaking: Fundraising in the biopharma, medical device, and in vitro diagnostics industries totaled $520 million, a 40% decrease from the previous quarter and a 45% drop from Q3 2008. Of the total money raised in the current quarter, 64% or $333 million went to the biopharma companies. Compared with Q2 2009, device fundraising decreased by 76% (from $465 million to $113 million) but diagnostics companies raised significantly more--going from $23 million to $74 million. In contrast to the previous quarter, which saw only one acquisition, in Q3 2009 there were four involving start-ups, all of which are focusing on neurological disorders. On the alliance front, three companies--Oscient, NovaMed, and Ikaria Holdings--signed two deals each this quarter.
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