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March 16, 2018

M&As this week: Seattle Genetics, Gryphon Investors, ChrysCapital

Seattle Genetics has completed the acquisition of Cascadian Therapeutics for $614m.

Seattle Genetics has completed the acquisition of Cascadian Therapeutics for $614m.

Based in Switzerland, Seattle Genetics is a biotechnology company, while Cascadian Therapeutics is a US-based biopharmaceutical company.

The target company is currently developing the oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor Tucatinib for the treatment of HER2 growth factor receptor overexpressed cancers.

Tucatinib is being investigated in a pivotal trial called HER2CLIMB. The drug has already demonstrated a favourable tolerability and efficacy profile in phase Ib trials.

The acquisition will strengthen Seattle Genetics’ late-stage cancer drug pipeline and establish it as a multi-product oncology company.

“Gryphon Investors has acquired Matrixx Initiatives from a division of H.I.G. Capital.”

Gryphon Investors has acquired Matrixx Initiatives from a division of H.I.G. Capital.

Based in the US, Gryphon Investors is a private equity firm, while Matrixx Initiatives, also based in the US, is an over-the-counter (OTC) healthcare company.

India-based private equity firm ChrysCapital has acquired a minority stake in Curatio Healthcare Pvt. Ltd for Rs1.3bn ($20m).

Based in India, the target company is a manufacturer of skincare products.

The managing director of Curatio, G.K. Ramani, and Fulcrum Venture India hold 67% of the share in the company, while the remaining share is held by Sequoia Capital.

Ramani has diluted his stake in the company and Fulcrum has made a partial exit.

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