Tucson’s Calimmune to be acquired by Australian drug giant

**Desert Angels have invested in over 100 companies and Calimmune is the largest investment ever made by the group.**

Calimmune Inc., a gene-therapy drug startup company co-founded by a University of Arizona alumnus, will be acquired by Australian-based biotech drug giant CSL Ltd. for $91 million.

The deal, which will make Calimmune part of Pennsylvania-based CSL Behring, also includes up to $325 million in potential performance based milestone payments over eight or more years after the transaction’s close, expected within the next two weeks.

Calimmune, co-founded by UA biology grad and entrepreneur Louis Breton in 2006, is developing stem-cell gene therapy to strengthen patients’ own immune systems.

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