Maybe all those high-flying expectationsÂ about a big-dollar buyout for Biogen Idec were a tad inflated. The Boston Globe is splashing a bucket of cold water on the idea after Biogen's stock price sagged--closing at $70.83 yesterday, down from its euphoric high of $84.75. DealReporter is saying that RocheÂ and Sanofi-Aventis, among others, have dropped out of the bidding. And just weeks after a buzz of giddy speculation pushed Biogen's stock price into the stratosphere, outside observers are now counting all the obstacles that lie in wait for any would-be suitor. It could be, says one unnamed "observer," that there won't be any buyout at all. It may all come down to expectations and concerns about Tysabri, which has been regaining its footing in the MS marketÂ after being pulled in the wake of a major safety scare. Or, it could be that the big pharma players out there would like to see the price drop a few billion before the serious bidding gets underway.
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