Sounds like Impax Laboratories' October pickup of Lineage Therapeutics and Tower Holdings was just the beginning of an M&A streak. The company is "aggressively hunting" further buyouts and is in ongoing talks with multiple targets, its CEO says.
With the big multinationals like Merck, Roche, Pfizer and J&J joining some of the most aggressive biotechs (think Shire) in roaming the planet in search of the right biotech targets to acquire, you can expect to see a steady stream of fresh speculation among analysts over which companies figure as the most likely buyout--and the next place to score some quick cash by investors.
Tobira Therapeutics, moving on from a failed IPO of its own, is plotting a merger with the struggling Regado Biosciences, a deal that would get it on the public market as it develops a treatment for liver disease.
Shire's M&A wheelhouse is still churning after its $5.2 billion buyout of NPS Pharmaceuticals. CEO Flemming Ornskov told Bloomberg that the Dublin-based company's recent acquisition won't prevent it from making more deals in the future--especially where rare disease drugs are concerned.
SAN FRANCISCO-- Johnson & Johnson has been pretty quiet over the past couple of years as it's watched its Big Pharma peers slim down like there's no tomorrow. But now, it seems the pharma giant may be coming around to the idea--or so CEO Alex Gorsky said Monday at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference.
Roche is throwing the full weight of its global rep and more than $1 billion behind Foundation Medicine's ambitious sequencing technology, designed to tailor cancer treatment to particular patients and guide development of new cancer drugs.
Since taking the helm at Teva early last year, CEO Erez Vigodman has expressed interest in bolstering several areas, including emerging markets, biosimilars and complex generics. But so far, he hasn't inked any deals to help his company do it, and judging where his competitors now stand after a feverish year of pharma M&A, it's high time to change that, analysts say.
Rapidly expanding drug wholesaler AmerisourceBergen said Monday it plans to acquire MWI Veterinary Supply for $2.5 billion, or $190 a share--a rich 8% premium over its closing price Friday and 17% higher than MWI's average closing price over the last three months. The companies expect to close the deal during the March quarter.
NextCODE has made a sharp exit. Just 15 months after some ex-deCode Genetics executives struck a deal with Amgen to create NextCODE, Chinese CRO WuXi PharmaTech has bought the genomic analysis startup for $65 million in cash.
Back last summer the U.K.'s Convergence Pharmaceuticals, a spinout from GlaxoSmithKline, was feeling bullish about its prospects after it wrapped up a positive mid-stage study of its lead drug for neuropathic pain. But rather than take the risky step of mounting an IPO--still a tough prospect in the U.K.--Convergence instead opted to sell to Biogen Idec, which is using the acquisition to beef up its pipeline in the field.