Continuing a deal spree aimed at beefing up a weak pipeline, Pfizer has agreed to pay $87.5 million for a stake in the Dutch biotech AM-Pharma along with an option to buy the biotech. And there's another $512.5 million on the table should Pfizer exercise its option, with the deal hinging on the biotech's successful completion of a Phase II study of a new treatment for acute kidney injury (AKI) related to sepsis.
So far, Perrigo hasn't seemed too keen on selling itself to generics giant Mylan. It's rejected the U.S. drugmaker three times. But word has it that Perrigo tried to link arms with another generics giant on the block--and that's Mylan suitor Teva.
Mylan Chairman Robert Coury has said more than once that Mylan isn't interested in selling itself to Teva. A deal for Mylan to buy its pursuer, though? That's a different story.
Debiotech has gained an option with Oregon-based iSense CGM to acquire exclusive rights to use its continuous glucose monitoring technology with patch insulin pumps for diabetes treatment. The companies expect that the integration of Debiotech's Jewel Pump with the iSense continuous glucose monitor technology could lead to the creation of an accurate artificial pancreas--a device that continuously measures insulin levels and then automatically dispenses insulin accordingly in response.
Late last month, Teva kicked off a roadshow to meet shareholders of its buyout target, Mylan, and find out what price it'll need to put forth to convince them to support a deal. As Mylan starts up its own roadshow, its message is clear: It's categorically opposed to a tie-up with the Israeli drugmaker, and investors can't force one, either.
MorphoSys pulled the trigger on a deal for partner Lanthio Pharma, paying €20 million ($22 million) for the shares it didn't already own and picking up a handful of peptide candidates.
No surprise that the health industry is setting records, M&A-wise. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, life sciences companies inked 35 deals worth $166.3 billion--more than all of 2014's transactions combined--in Q1.
Montreal-headquartered CRO JSS Medical Research is reaching into India, buying out Max Neeman International as it expands around the globe.
As market watchers wonder whether Gilead Sciences is on the verge of a blockbuster buyout, the Big Biotech inked a small deal that will beef up its efforts in the growing field of epigenetics.
Alexion jumped into the M&A game today, striking a deal to acquire the rare-disease biotech Synageva for $8.4 billion in cash and stock in a deal that gives shareholders a big premium and the industry another example of the fast-rising valuations in the biotech world.