Celgene is hedge fund manager Kyle Bass' latest patent target, it says--but the biotech isn't taking the news lying down.
Generally, multibillion-dollar biotech deals these days come with a considerable amount of light scolding from analysts fretting over the cost as valuations surge. Downside remarks tend to caution against looking for a higher share price, and one analyst at least raises the prospect that the bidding war may not be over. Here's a selection of notable comments this morning.
By all accounts, the bidding war for Receptos was intense. But for Celgene CEO Bob Hugin and his go-to deals chief George Golumbeski, strategically this was exactly the right time to clinch a $7.2 billion buyout deal for the biotech and its lead drug ozanimod. And after they add this latest late-stage program to the pipeline, there are still more deals to be done.
Celgene is trading $7.2 billion in cash for Receptos and its Phase III autoimmune treatment, building on some recent success in the field.
The year's 10 highest-paid development executives pulled in $124.4 million in total compensation, a roughly 35% jump over 2013's top earners. And while each entrant benefited from meeting individual company goals, the whole group benefited from biopharma's macroeconomic moment in the sun, as the value of stock awards skyrocketed alongside the industry index.
Three years after stepping up with a $250 million deal--with $90 million upfront--Celgene has remapped its partnership with Epizyme, extending their collaboration three more years. Under this new deal, Cambridge, MA-based Epizyme gets $10 million cash with up to $610 million in milestones for three histone methyltransferase inhibitor targets.
As the market for psoriasis meds heats up, companies are throwing down some hefty chunks of change to snag airtime for their TV spots.
Celgene's Otezla is the newest entrant in what is shaping up to be a summer throwdown among psoriasis drugmakers. Not surprisingly, every company's got its own strategy.
Out with the old guard, in with the new. In another sign that Big Biotech is elbowing into the top levels of pharma, Celgene has agreed to buy Merck & Co.'s old campus in Summit, NJ, adding the sprawling 1.3-million-square-foot complex to its already growing operations in the city.
Fresh off a landmark $1 billion deal to buy into Juno's immuno-oncology pipeline, fast-growing Celgene has inked another contract to buy up Merck's sprawling old campus in Summit, NJ.