The dam broke in the fourth quarter of 2017, and pharmaceutical deal makers began acquiring again. The Republican tax overhaul that lowered the tax rate for corporations’ repatriated cash was approved in December, spurring big drug companies to think about mergers and acquisitions once again. Deal volume in the fourth quarter shot up 100% over […]
After a few months of slow going, healthcare deal volume revved up in October. Although it’s the start of the typically busy fourth quarter, we’ve learned not to expect past performance to indicate future results. Preliminary data shows 130 transactions were announced, up 9% compared with the 119 deals announced in both September 2017 and […]
Novartis AG (NYSE: NVS) has spent most of 2017 buying up licenses to preclinical candidates. In the first 10 months of this year, it spent approximately $225 million in disclosed upfront payments. But the Swiss drugmaker just spent $3.9 billion for a more established drug product targeting neuroendocrine tumors.