Pershing Square Capital Management recently took a 5% stake in Valeant Pharmaceuticals in what some Wall Street insiders say is the opening salvo in what could be an eventual merger between Valeant and animal health giant Zoetis.
Ember Therapeutics, a Third Rock Ventures-founded biotech startup that closed its doors late last year, is getting a second chance thanks to a small New York drug developer.
A little more than a month after Medtronic closed its $49.9 billion purchase of Covidien, the combined company is forging ahead with ambitious plans for growth. And as Medtronic's chief integration officer, Geoff Martha, told FierceMedicalDevices, the company's "first and foremost strategy" involves developing new devices to support innovative therapies, ultimately cutting costs and making healthcare more efficient.
Last month, some industry watchers speculated that the low price Valeant agreed to pay for North Carolina's Salix could leave room for other bids. And now, one has arrived, courtesy of Endo International.
Rumors have been floating around for months that pickup-hungry Teva may be looking to buy generics competitor Mylan. Some analysts have dismissed the idea, pointing to reasons a buyout wouldn't work. But with the deal talk persisting, at least one analyst says the underlying logic for a tie-up is sound--as long as it doesn't happen right away.
Acadia Pharmaceuticals' shares rocketed up nearly 20% on Tuesday based on some news tied to two investor conferences. But the market wasn't reacting to anything the company said, instead reading into a pair of cancellations and deducing that a buyout might be in the offing.
Zogenix has taken plenty of heat over Zohydro, the all-hydrocodone painkiller that critics say is too easy for opioid addicts to abuse. But under a deal announced Tuesday, those critics will no longer be the San Diego company's concern.
Now that AbbVie has managed to astonish just about everyone in the biopharma business with its $21 billion takeover of Pharmacyclics, there's been a deluge of speculation over the next big target in the M&A game. Yesterday, Bloomberg 's restless team of deal-watchers proffered Bristol-Myers Squibb as a possibility, seeing as how the Big Biotech is now the clear leader in immuno-oncology, where it could be in line for $15 billion in peak sales.
Concordia Healthcare is snatching up Covis Pharma's pharma and injectables units for $1.2 billion in cash, beefing ups its generics portfolio and riding the recent wave of pharma M&A.
Just days after saying it was buying contract manufacturer IRIX Pharmaceuticals to get its expertise in making difficult APIs, North Carolina contract development and manufacturing company Patheon has snapped up yet another competitor, this one a specialist in bioavailability.