Baxter International is the latest life sciences player to see better living through mitosis, unveiling a plan to separate its drug development arm from its sprawling med tech business in hopes of helping each grow faster.
Japan is the second largest drug market after the U.S., and Western drugmakers are giving it new attention as growth slows elsewhere. AstraZeneca has upped its bet there, paying Sumitomo Chemical about $102 million to buy full control of its Japanese subsidiary AstraZeneca KK.
Hot on the trail of new M&A deals, Stryker finalized its acquisition of Patient Safety Technologies. The Kalamazoo, MI-based company paid $120 million for the medical device outfit, gaining access to Patient Safety's line of trackable surgical tools.
Sanofi CEO Chris Viehbacher may be reconsidering his November plans to spend just €1 billion to €2 billion per year on acquisitions. Rumor has it the drug giant is eyeing a bid for Merck's OTC unit, which could sell for up to $12 billion.
GE Healthcare completed its acquisition of three Thermo Fisher Scientific units. The $1.1 billion deal gives GE access to Thermo Fisher's profitable cell culture, gene modulation and magnetic bead businesses, helping the company expand its presence in protein analysis and medical diagnostics.
AMRI has inked a deal to trade $41 million for contract manufacturer Cedarburg Pharmaceuticals, looking to broaden its capabilities in the sector and home in on API production.
Germany's Evotec has signed a deal to buy up a biopharma asset management company and get its hands on some promising drug candidates, broadening its novel approach to the CRO game by adding some unpartnered assets to its stable of collaborations.
Not long after digesting its $450 million buyout of BioFire Diagnostics, bioMérieux seems to be on the hunt for another acquisition. Reuters reported recently that the French company is eyeing Siemens' microbiology unit.
Back in January, Valeant Pharmaceuticals' CEO J. Michael Pearson couldn't say how he intended to reach his lofty goal of cracking the list of top 5 drugmakers worldwide. Now, he's offering new details about his acquisition blueprints, and they include deals in ophthalmology, dermatology and dentistry.
Yet another U.S. drugmaker is headed to Ireland to enjoy the tax benefits. Horizon Pharma is doing a reverse merger with Vidara Therapeutics International in a deal that it says speeds its path to profitability. And where is Vidara based? Dublin.