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Temasek with Other Investors Park Money into CardioDx

Temasek HoldingsSingapore’s Temasek Holdings along with other backers such as Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Mohr Davidow Ventures, TPG Biotech and GE Capital committed up to US$ 58 million in CardioDx Inc. in two-tranche equity financing. The investment round includes US$ 30 million currently, and the rest possibly near the end of the year.

In recent news, CardioDx Inc won Medicare coverage for its heart disease diagnostic test.

According to a recent press release by CardioDx, “this funding positions CardioDx well to capitalize on the significant opportunity to improve the diagnosis of the millions of patients who visit their physicians with symptoms suggestive of obstructive coronary artery disease each year,” said David Levison, the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The favorable Medicare coverage decision that we received earlier this month is a significant milestone that further validates the clinical benefit of and economic rationale for Corus CAD. This additional capital will help us expand our sales force in the U.S., further broaden reimbursement coverage, and support continued investments in research and development of new products.”

Other investors in the round were:

  • Longitude Capital
  • Artiman Ventures
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Acadia Woods Partners
  • Intel Capital
  • Bright Capital, the VC arm of RU-COM
  • Pappas Ventures
  • DAG Ventures
  • Asset Management Group

Qatar Central Bank Deals with MSCI

MSCI, a stock index company whose benchmarks influence investor behavior, has tremendous indirect power impacting the stock markets of smaller economies. In 1988, MSCI released its emerging markets index, a now-widely-used benchmark for many institutional investors wanting access to growth markets. China and South Korea make up the majority of the benchmark, but smaller economies such as Poland, Chile and even Qatar make up other pieces of it.

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bcIMC Buys into Bottling Business with PAI in €1.623 Billion Takeover of Refresco

Dutch soft-drink bottler Refresco Group N.V. has agreed to a buyout offer for all 81.2 million of its shares from French private equity firm PAI Partners SAS (PAI) and Canadian pension manager British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC) in exchange for €20 in cash per ordinary share for a total consideration of €1.623 billion. Refresco’s major shareholders, which includes 3i Group, and shareholding members of its boards, who represent 26.5% of outstanding shares, have said they stand behind the deal.

Refresco’s board rejected an initial offer from PAI in April 2017 of €1.4 billion, which they felt did not adequately capture the value added by their plans to bolster its presence in North America through the acquisition of Canadian bottler Cott TB, a deal that went through in July for US$ 1.25 billion.

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Digital Insurance Distributor BGL Opts for CPPIB Money Over IPO

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is investing £675 million (US$ 895.715 million) for a 30% stake in Peterborough-based BGL Group, a digital distributor of insurance and household financial services to 8.5 million customers. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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