December 2016 Didn’t Deliver a Year-End Boost

The final month of the fourth quarter is typically a busy one for deal makers in all industries. Last year, some health care deal makers apparently got a rest. Deal volume in December 2016 was an anemic 119 transactions, compared with 131 deals in November and 148 in December 2015. The Services sectors accounted for […]

Medical Device Deals Stay Strong in 2016

Medical Devices is finishing the year on a high note. In fact, as of December 29, 2016, deal volume reached 113 transactions, equal to 2015’s total. Deal value topped off at $61.3 billion, a 111% increase from last year’s total of $29.1 billion.

NASH-Driven Deals Pile Up

On November 10, 2016, Bristol-Meyers Squibb (NYSE: BMY) purchased the exclusive worldwide rights to develop and commercialize Nitto Denko Corporation’s (TYO: 6988) investigational siRNA, which includes Nitto’s lead asset ND-L02-s0201. Nitto’s lead asset ND-L02-s0201 is currently in a five-week open-label Phase 1b study in patients with advanced fibrosis (F3-F4c) due to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) or […]

Biotech Deal Volume Increases 58% in Q3:16

Overall, mergers and acquisitions slowed in Q3:16, down 11% compared with Q2:16, and 10% lower than in Q3:15. The biotechnology sector saw just the opposite phenomenon. Biotech transactions grew by 58%, to 52 deals, compared with the previous quarter’s 33 deals, and by 24% compared with the same quarter in 2015, when 42 deals were […]

AstraZeneca Sheds Assets After its Trial Failure

AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN) has been on the receiving end of three different purchases in the first five days of October, selling licenses to three of its non-core assets for a combined upfront payment of $450 million. Its selling spree occurred in tandem with the announced trial failure of its blood thinner Brilinta (ticagrelor), which failed […]

Allergan Adds Tobira to Its GI Pipeline

Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN) shows no signs of slowing its acquisition pace this year, and just solidified its lead in therapeutics for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), an incurable disease affecting approximately 5% of the U.S. population. The pharma giant announced its acquisition of Tobira Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: TBRA), This transaction marks the company’s eighth in 2016, […]

Allergan Eyes Clinical-Stage Ocular Drugs

Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN) just purchased privately-held RetroSense Therapeutics LLC for $60 million in an all-cash transaction, with potential regulatory and commercialization milestone payments. Based in Ann Arbor Michigan, RetroSense is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on novel gene therapy approaches to restore vision in those suffering from blindness. Its lead development program, RST-001, is […]

Big Pharma Pays Big for Biotech Pipelines

The pharmaceutical industry has largely given up on in-house research and development, saying that the R&D timeline is too costly, long and uncertain to fund with shareholders’ money. The industry has gone from bolt-on acquisitions of smaller companies with marketed products to battling it out for clinical-stage drug candidates. What’s surprised some industry observers is […]