Q1:17 Biotechnology Deals Keep Climbing

Biotechnology deal activity has climbed steadily over the past five quarters. The sector reached 62 transactions in Q1:17, an increase of 13% over the previous quarter and up 94% year-over-year. The total is 31% of the 203 deals announced in the previous 12 months. M&A in this sector will remain active for years to come, as pharmaceutical companies that have abandoned their own R&D turn to buying up smaller biotechs with promising clinical-stage compounds. The 21st Century Cures Act also benefits this sector, with its billions of dollars in financing for both the “Cancer Moonshot” and the BRAIN Initiative. In the first quarter, 20 of the 62 transactions involved the purchase of an... Read More »