G. Steven Burrill is touting the (relative) success of his Burrill Biotech Select Index compared to the swooning Nasdaq and sounds quite bullish about the impact of M&As in biotech. "M&A has become a stapleÂ in biotech land," he says. "There is pressure on the management of pharmaceutical and biotech companies to perform and increase shareholder value and M&A has become the tool of choice to do this. Not only are we seeing biotechs acquiring biotechs but the pending expiry of patents on a number of blockbuster pharmaceuticals has stoked demand by big pharma for small innovative biotechs that can be easily acquired and integrated."
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