Deal of the Week: Celgene/Impact

Biotechnology deals are off to a strong start in 2018, thanks to the Biotech Showcase 2018 held every year alongside the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference. In the first two weeks, 16 transactions were made public. This year, the Showcase registration desk was just getting into full swing on Sunday, January 7, when Celgene Corp. (NASDAQ: CELG) […]

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, […]

Pfizer Buys Medivation and More

Forget those early- to mid-stage clinical candidates. Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) jumped the line with its $13.5 billion deal for oncology drug maker Medivation Inc. (NASDAQ: MDVN). The target’s primary product is XTANDI® (enzalutamide), an androgen receptor inhibitor, the leading novel hormone therapy for the treatment of prostate cancer. Pfizer will pay $81.50 per share in […]

Health Care M&A Exploded in July

The fireworks didn’t end on the Fourth of July, at least for the health care M&A market. Preliminary data shows deal volume rose 16% to 121 deals, compared with June’s 104 deals. Thanks to the mega-deals among health insurers and generic drug makers, deal value was approximately $166.6 billion, up 883% over June’s $16.9 billion. […]

Celgene Continues Its Buying Spree

Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG) made yet another major acquisition last week, picking up Receptos, Inc. (NASDAQ: RCPT) for $7.2 billion. The acquisition significantly boosts Celgene’s Inflammation and Immunology portfolio with the addition of Receptos’ lead product candidate, Ozanimod, which is in Phase 3 tests to treat immune-inflammatory indications in irritable bowel syndrome and relapsing multiple […]

Juno Therapeutics Teams up with Celgene

Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG) made a big bet on a small company last week, when it agreed to pay nearly $1 billion to Juno Therapeutics (NASDAQ: JUNO) for a 10-year collaboration on immunotherapies targeting cancer and autoimmune diseases. The real price is $999,803,496 and consists of an upfront payment of $150 million, and the purchase […]

MedImmune Parcels Out an Investgational Blood Cancer Candidate

Last week MedImmune Ltd., the biotech arm of AstraZeneca plc (NYSE: AZN), announced two placements for its investigational compound, MEDI4736. The first announcement was with Juno Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: JUNO), which signed an non-exclusive agreement to test its own investigational CD19-directed chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell candidates with MedImmune’s programmed cell death ligand 1 […]

Celgene’s Busy Week

It wasn’t until the final week in April that Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG) took the title of top deal maker for the month. The single acquisition on the books as of April 24 was its collaboration with MedImmune (NYSE: AZN) on its anti-PD-L1 inhibitor MEDI4736, with $450 million in cash upfront. On April 27, CELG […]