Chinese conglomerate Fosun Pharma is reportedly in talks to acquire minimally invasive procedure player Lumenis for $480 million. As expectations of the deal leaked, Lumenis has gained about 14% to a market cap of around $410 million.
Denmark's William Demant, the world's second largest hearing aid maker, announced it is in talks to acquire French hearing correction provider Audika for €168 million ($191 million).
Biotech player Intrexon has signed up to acquire Belgium's ActoGeniX for $60 million. The new addition is a developer of oral meds as an alternative to injectable biologics. Currently, biologic therapies cannot withstand the rigors of the acid in the stomach, so oral versions of the new-era drugs are lacking.
2014 was quite the banner year for pharma M&A. According to EY's annual firepower report, deals topped $200 billion--well over twice the average volume from over the past decade.
The big series of acquisitions that is making Actavis--now changing its name to Allergan--into a top 10 Big Pharma company overnight also bequeathed the company with an oddly disjointed pipeline of would-be blockbusters. And the company rolled it all up for public viewing today for its investors, touting its potential for spurring $6 billion in new sales.
Saying it needs to focus on the looming integration effort with Botox maker Allergan, Actavis announced that it will sell Aptalis Pharmaceutical Technologies, a third-party supplier of drug delivery capsules and taste-masking formulations, back to private equity firm TPG for an undisclosed amount. The deal is expected to close in mid-2015.
Hyperion Therapeutics, which argues it was tricked into signing a $570 million deal for an Israeli biotech, has reached a ceasefire with the seller over a diabetes drug with a checkered past.
With Valeant and Shire already said to be prepping bids for North Carolina's Salix, it seems there's a third wannabe suitor, too. Word on the street is that Endo International has come calling multiple times--and though Salix has shot Endo down, it's still not going away.
Actavis is selling its in-house R&D outsourcing company to private equity giant TPG, which has plans for more bolt-on acquisitions.
Billionaire R.J. Kirk's Intrexon has signed a $60 million deal to acquire ActoGeniX, a Belgian biotech at work on oral drugs designed to generate therapeutic proteins and peptides from within the body.