Takara Bio Acquires WaferGen Biosystems
News May 16, 2016
TBUSH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Takara Bio Inc., a leading global biotechnology and life science company ("Takara Bio"). Takara Bio USA, Inc. ("TBUSA," formerly known as Clontech Laboratories, Inc.) is a wholly owned subsidiary of TBUSH and is a guarantor under the merger agreement.
Under the terms of the merger agreement, TBUSH will acquire WaferGen for an aggregate cash purchase price that will be based on a multiple of WaferGen's 2016 calendar revenue and capped at $50.0 million, subject to the potential adjustments described below. The multiple will range between 1.0 times up to 3.5 times WaferGen's full year 2016 revenue. If revenues exceed $9.0 million the multiple will be 3.5. The aggregate purchase price as so determined will be used to pay for all outstanding securities of WaferGen, including options and warrants and other securities as well as outstanding shares. The merger is expected to close after completion of WaferGen's audited financial statements in February or March of 2017, subject to the conditions set forth in the merger agreement.
"WaferGen's technologies and broad array of rapidly growing product offerings are providing a powerful set of tools for biological analysis at the molecular and single-cell level in the life sciences, pharmaceutical, and clinical laboratory industries," said Rollie Carlson, President and CEO of WaferGen. "I'm confident that through this merger we will cement a leadership position in the genomics research market and our combined solutions will accelerate breakthrough scientific and medical discoveries worldwide."
"The combination of TBUSA's RNA-seq and T Cell Receptor (TCR) profiling technologies with WaferGen's ICELL8 platform for isolation and processing of single cells will significantly expand our offering in the fast-growing single-cell and immuno-sequencing markets, and give customers greater access to these products through our global and commercial reach," said Carol Lou, President of TBUSA. "WaferGen's technologies are highly complementary to our reagent portfolio and the combination presents new opportunities for us in genetic analysis including clinical and applied markets."
The WaferGen acquisition will allow Takara Bio to augment and expand its worldwide commercial offerings in transcriptomics and create new market opportunities in other areas of genomics. Takara Bio provides a wide range of life science products and services under the Takara®, Clontech®, and Cellartis® brands that assist discovery, translational and clinical scientists in the advancement of their work.
As genome editing technologies advance toward clinical therapies, they are raising hopes of a completely new way to treat disease. However, challenges need to be addressed before potential treatments can be widely used in patients. To tackle these challenges, the National Institutes of Health has launched the Somatic Cell Genome Editing program, which has awarded multiple grants including more than $3.6 million to assess the safety of genome editing in human cells and tissues.