South San Francisco, CA , June 1, 2021 (Business Wire) — Veracyte, Inc. (Nasdaq: VCYT) today announced it has reached the terms of an agreement to acquire HalioDx in a transaction to further accelerate growth and strengthen Veracyte’s global leadership in cancer diagnostics.
“The acquisition of HalioDx will further enable our long-term growth by providing key strategic capabilities to help us to execute on our powerful vision of improving outcomes for patients all over the world at every step of their journey,” said Bonnie Anderson, Veracyte’s executive chairwoman. “Our prior strategic acquisitions brought exclusive global access to a best-in-class diagnostic platform and a significantly expanded cancer testing menu. We believe HalioDx will help fuel our global growth by accelerating IVD test development and manufacturing operations in Europe and by expanding our scientific expertise into the emerging immuno-oncology field. Additionally, their commercial-stage colon cancer immune response test will broaden our testing menu to 8 of the top 10 cancers.”
HalioDx is an immuno-oncology diagnostics company providing oncologists and drug development organizations with first-in-class diagnostic products and services to guide cancer care and contribute to precision medicine. The company provides a unique range of immune assessment solutions, including its flagship Immunoscore® assay for assessing the immune contexture of a tumor as a key determinant of patients’ outcomes and response to cancer treatments. HalioDx has developed a unique biopharma partnering ecosystem for the identification of clinically relevant biomarker signatures, the demonstration of their utility in clinical trials and the development and commercialization of resulting IVD and companion diagnostic tests. The company operates CLIA-certified laboratories in the United States and France, as well as a manufacturing facility in France that develops, manufactures, and distributes in vitro diagnostic clinical products.
Strategic Benefits for Global Growth
- Enables Veracyte to develop and manufacture test kits for the nCounter diagnostic platform. The company plans to transition manufacturing of the kits, currently produced by NanoString, to HalioDx’s manufacturing facility in Marseille, France. This would further accelerate the expansion of test menu on the nCounter platform in Europe and other strategic global markets.
- Deepens Veracyte’s scientific capabilities. HalioDx’s unique Immunogram multimodal analysis platform offers potential pipeline development opportunities in a range of clinical indications and can serve as a platform to grow Veracyte’s biopharma partnering business. HalioDx’s deep expertise in immuno-oncology is complementary with Veracyte’s expertise in cancer genomics and large biorepository of genomic content built from whole transcriptome data.
- Expands Veracyte’s cancer diagnostics scope to 8 of the 10 top cancers by U.S. incidence. The addition of HalioDx’s Immunoscore® test to guide treatment decisions in colorectal cancer will further expand Veracyte’s menu of high-value advanced diagnostic tests that address unmet needs at multiple points in the patient care continuum.
Marc Stapley, Veracyte’s chief executive officer, said, “Adding HalioDx to Veracyte is a strategic investment that we believe will position the company to unlock its growth potential. With this acquisition, we will have the parts needed to expand our business globally. Veracyte plays an increasingly vital role in advancing patient outcomes and care, and I’m excited to bring my experience building and leading complex global organizations to the company. I look forward to partnering with Bonnie, who will oversee completion of this acquisition and lead the strategic integration, and to welcoming the HalioDx team to Veracyte so we can work together to improve care for patients all over the world.”
“Veracyte is a leading global diagnostics company with strong expertise in genomic testing through both centralized and distributed tests,” said Vincent Fert, HalioDx’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We are aligned with their mission to improve care for patients and believe our capabilities and expertise in immuno-oncology and diagnostic development and manufacturing are highly complementary to their business and strategic vision. The transaction gives us the opportunity to significantly accelerate the scale and scope of our offerings and continue investing in our innovative Immunogram multimodal analysis platform, which is proven in its ability to help biopharma partners understand and predict patient response to immunotherapy.”
Transaction Terms and Other Information
Upon completion of the required works council consultations, Veracyte expects that the shareholders of HalioDx will enter into a definitive purchase agreement with Veracyte for the purchase and sale of HalioDx. Upon the closing of the transaction, HalioDx will become a subsidiary of Veracyte. At closing, Veracyte will pay approximately €260 million in total consideration to HalioDx security holders, consisting of approximately €147 million in cash and up to approximately €113 million in stock, subject to customary purchase price adjustments. The number of Veracyte shares issued in the transaction will be based on a 10-day volume-weighted trading average of Veracyte shares prior to the closing date. However, without changing the total consideration paid at closing, Veracyte has the option, at its sole discretion, to substitute cash in lieu of shares in any amount up to the entire acquisition consideration. The transaction, which has been unanimously approved by Veracyte’s board of directors and is fully supported by the HalioDx board of directors, is expected to close in the third fiscal quarter of 2021, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including foreign investment approval in France.
Veracyte expects the acquisition of HalioDx to be accretive to its revenue growth in 2021 and to expand the near-term addressable markets for Veracyte’s current and pipeline tests. Veracyte also expects the transaction to be strategically accretive to its gross margins once it transitions manufacturing of test kits to HalioDx for use on the nCounter Analysis System.
HalioDx’s operations and laboratories will remain in Marseille, France and Richmond, Virginia.
Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC is serving as financial advisor to Veracyte, and Fenwick & West LLP and Latham & Watkins LLP are serving as Veracyte’s legal advisors in the United States and France, respectively. Shearman & Sterling LLP is serving as legal advisor to HalioDx.