2008's Billion-dollar deals (H1)

The first half of 2008 has drawn to a close, with deal-making still on a roll. In the first six months of this year, companies inked six pacts--both buyouts and licensing deals--that exceed the billion-dollar mark. Novartis has the biggest buyout so far, diversifying with the purchase of eye care company Alcon. But Takeda takes the prize for the busiest drug developer; the Japanese company made inroads in the U.S market, which included massive buyout of Millennium and two big licensing deals with Amgen and Alnylam. Check out this list of deals from the first half--and keep an eye out for more big moves from drug developers in 2008. List

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