Kite Pharma Soars with Two T-Cell Acquisitions

Kite Pharma Inc. (NASDAQ: KITE) has been busy lately, announcing two separate license deals in the last week of July. On July 25, it acquired the exclusive worldwide rights to technology that advances the development of off-the-shelf allogeneic T-cell therapies from renewable pluripotent stem cells, also known as the ATO system, in a deal with […]

LabCorp Ventures into Prenatal Testing

LabCorp (NYSE: LH), the world’s leading healthcare diagnostics company, has acquired Sequenom Inc. (NASDAQ: SQNM), a pioneer in non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) for reproductive health, for a total purchase price of $371 million. In July of 2014, Sequenom purchased a license for non-invasive prenatal testing patents and applications from privately-held Mayo Medical Laboratories, and two […]

BioClinica Adds Compass Research

Private equity-backed Bioclinica Inc. expanded its clinical research offerings with the July 2016 acquisition of Compass Research, LLC, a Florida-based clinical research site network that has direct access to a number of specialized populations with neurodegenerative disorders and other diseases found in aging demographics. The acquisition solidifies Bioclinica’s position as a leading global research network, and […]

Home Health & Hospice M&A Rebounds

There’s nothing sleepy about the Home Health & Hospice sector. Through the end of July 2016, this market has seen 35 transactions, putting this year on track to beat 2015’s total of 51 deals. Eleven of these 35 deals disclosed prices, totaling approximately $610 million spent so far this year. Sixty-percent of 2016’s home health & […]

Royal Philips Expands With Population Health Management

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG), the leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, has just acquired Georgia-based Wellcentive, Inc., a privately-held provider of  cloud-based population health management and data analytics solutions for physicians and their organizations, for an undisclosed price. Wellcentive’s capabilities include importing, aggregating and analyzing clinical, claims and financial data […]

Kroger Gobbles Up ModernHEALTH

Specialty pharmacy deals are usually few and far between. But this year, we’ve seen six deals announced in the first seven months. The most recent is from Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), the giant food and consumer goods retailer. Kroger acquired Modern HC Holdings, the parent company of ModernHEALTH, and plans to merge it with its own […]

Managed Care Mega-Deals Not Too Big to Fail

2015 is about to lose even more of its M&A luster, it seems. Some $91 billion is about to disappear from the record-setting spending on healthcare M&A, thanks to the potential unraveling of two managed care mega-mergers. Bloomberg is reporting that the U.S. Department of Justice plans to file lawsuits seeking to halt the mergers of Aetna (NYSE: AET) […]

Ambulance Companies Speed Up Consolidation

2015 was a big year for medical transportation companies to combine, as six transactions were throughout the year. Halfway through 2016, three more deals have been announced. The most recent involves two Texas companies. Allegiance Mobile Health in Georgetown, Texas serves a population of more than 15 million around the state. In July it acquired […]

June 2016 M&A Results Show Strength

Uncertainty is the hobgoblin of the merger and acquisition markets, and the month of June was a high point (or low point, depending on your perspective) for anxiety in global financial markets. Still, the healthcare deals kept rolling in. Our preliminary total for June 2016 stands at 115 transactions, exactly equal with the same month […]