Hiring ahead of and cutting after mergers is always tricky, but organizational change marches on. Post-merger Johnson & Johnson and pre-merger Covidien are both forging ahead, with cuts in J&J's DePuy Synthes and hiring for Covidien.
The president of Covidien's $1.6 billion vascular product group said that the impending merger with Medtronic was necessary from her perspective because being "a vascular player without cardiovascular, I think long term that would have been a real issue.
Should Bayer sell some of the consumer brands it's buying from Merck in a $14 billion deal? Analysts say a few of them--Coppertone sun products, for instance--don't quite fit with Bayer's product lineup. Buyers appear to be knocking. But Bayer says it will keep those brands, thank you very much.
In a deal designed to beef up its pipeline of ophthalmology drugs, France's Nicox has snapped up Boston-based Aciex for $65 million in newly issued shares and up to $55 million in contingent value rights. Those CVRs are structured to pay off Aciex's investors in large part based on the success of Aciex's drug AC-170, which has been in Phase III studies for allergic conjunctivitis.
Christophe Weber is next in line for the throne at Takeda, and the former GlaxoSmithKline exec has a mind to grow the Japanese pharma through dealmaking, hoping to refill the in-transition company's pipeline and expand in emerging markets.
Just a year after J&J swooped in to buy up Aragon's game-changing work on prostate cancer in a billion-dollar deal, Roche's Genentech has followed up to buy what remained: a closely-related breast cancer program that promises to change the way that disease is treated.
Allergan CEO David Pyott last week said his goal was to give shareholders "most of what they want" to keep them on his side of a takeover battle with Valeant Pharmaceuticals. Now, Allergan is trying to do just that, weighing a share buyback as part of a larger plan to dodge the Canadian pharma's hostile advances.
Long since shelving an attempt to go public, antibiotics developer Paratek Pharmaceuticals has signed a deal that will give it a Wall Street debut after all, planning a reverse merger with the struggling Transcept Pharmaceuticals and picking up a $93 million investment along the way.
The gene therapy pioneer bluebird bio has snapped up a biotech outfit skilled in gene-editing and cell-signaling tech in a deal valued at up to $156 million, including about $16 million worth of its stock.
This year's explosion of pharma deals, both real and rumored, has put a spotlight on the U.K.'s complicated, far-reaching rules on corporate takeovers, and AbbVie's $46 billion pursuit of Shire has teased out a new wrinkle. Under local law, the Irish-headquartered Shire is unable to make any big buyouts of its own until AbbVie's pitching period expires, a provision that has hamstrung the company's deal-friendly ethos, CEO Flemming Ornskov said.