Fiercepharma | June 03, 2020
To rebrand or not? It’s a big question for pharma companies before and after acquisitions—and one answered with "yes" more often than in other industries. Pharma, in fact, was the most prolific rebrander in Brand Finance’s recent research assessing the value of rebrands across 25 industries. It's also one of the most successful, with rebrands in pharma generating average returns of 13.8%, according to Brand Finance calculations. The main reason? Most acquired pharma brands are weaker than the acquiring ones, the study found. Pharma rebranded 31% of the companies acquired in deals during the five-year study period beginning Jan. 2014 and ending Dec. 2018. That figure was just ahead of the healthcare (30%), telecom (29%) and oil and gas (25%) industries. The study assessed all deals valued at $500 million or more.
TFF Pharmaceuticals | July 30, 2020
TFF Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative drug products based on its patented Thin Film Freezing technology platform, today commented on the initial results of research evaluating the development of remdesivir as a dry powder for inhalation by Thin Film Freezing. Findings of the study conducted by a team of researchers at the University of Texas at Austin’s Division of Molecular Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, led by Robert O. (Bill) Williams III, the inventor of the TFF technology, was published yesterday as a preprint in bioRxiv.
The research team developed inhaled forms of remdesivir for protecting and treating the respiratory mode of infection, including an amorphous brittle matrix powder made by Thin Film Freezing.
“We are very pleased to report on the efforts of Dr. Williams and his team, who in the span of less than a month and responding to the societal need caused by the global pandemic, worked tirelessly to reformulate what may be one of the most important new COVID-19 therapeutics into a form that has the potential to make treatment more potent, easier to administer and more broadly available” said Glenn Mattes, President and CEO of TFF Pharmaceuticals.
Torreya Capital, Virpax Pharmaceuticals | April 23, 2021
Virpax® Pharmaceuticals, Inc. reported today that it has appointed Torreya Capital, LLC as the Company's sole financial adviser for its partnering and licensing activities in strategic global markets.
Torreya is a leading investment bank that has supported more than $100 billion in life sciences transactions since its establishment in 2007.
“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Torreya to extend our partnerships in key markets,” said Anthony Mack, Chairman, and CEO of Virpax Pharmaceuticals. "There is an increasing worldwide need for non-opioid, non-addictive pain treatments, and we agree that our product candidates, EpoladermTM, ProbudurTM, and EnveltaTM, will provide a competitive advantage in their target markets," Mr. Mack concluded.
"We look forward to assisting Virpax Pharmaceuticals in identifying strong regional partners for their innovative acute and chronic pain product candidate pipeline,” said Torreya Partner Tom Bird. "Virpax's product candidates include proprietary technologies that can enable the product candidates to provide enhanced benefits while providing non-addictive pain relief.”
Torreya is a global investment banking boutique that works with life sciences industries. Since its inception in 2007, the company has closed over $100 billion in transactions spanning branded pharmaceutical, biotechnology, generic pharmaceutical, and life sciences firms in nearly 250 assignments. Their associates are senior bankers and executives with extensive industry expertise, insights, and networks. They are a preferred advisor for businesses seeking secure, conflict-free, and knowledgeable advice on M&A, capital markets, licensing, and asset sale transactions. The breadth of Torreya's global footprint separates it from any other life sciences advisory practices.
About Virpax Pharmaceuticals
Virpax is developing branded, non-addictive pain management product candidates by optimizing and enhancing drug delivery using its proprietary technologies. Virpax is seeking FDA approval for its three proprietary drug delivery systems. EpoladermTM is a metered-dose topical diclofenac spray film formulation being used to treat acute musculoskeletal pain and osteoarthritis. ProbudurTM is a liposomal bupivacaine formulation for a single injection that is being used to treat post-operative pain. EnveltaTM is an intranasal molecular-envelope enkephalin formulation that is being developed to treat acute and chronic pain, particularly cancer-related pain. Virpax is also developing its PES200 product candidate to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its MMS019 product candidate to prevent viral replication caused by influenza or SARS-CoV-2 using its intranasal Molecular Envelope Technology (MET).