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) […]
The largest deal announced in a very sluggish week for healthcare announcements was McKesson Corp.‘s (NYSE: MCK) $735 million acquisition of RxCrossroads from CVS Health Corp. (NYSE: CVS).
Biotechnology deal activity slid further in the third quarter, down 22% to 42 transactions, compared with the second quarter’s 54 transactions. The total represents 19% of the 217 deals announced in the previous 12 months.
Ten of the largest deals announced in the third quarter broke the $1.0 billion mark, for a total of $29.9 billion (70% of the quarter’s total spending of $42.7 billion).
The dog days of summer weren’t really all that hot, here in the Northeast. Neither was August’s deal volume. Although it’s preliminary data, the 102 deals posted in August equalled the total in July. Compared with the same month in 2016, that represents a 22% slide in deal volume.
Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD) finally found a target worth pursuing. The pharmaceutical company, perhaps best known for its high-priced hepatitis-C drugs, Harvoni and Solvadi, placed its bets on Kite Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: KITE), hoping to cash in on the biotech’s promising technology for fighting cancer.
Perrigo finally sold its royalty interest in Tysabri, a multiple sclerosis drug that it acquired as part of Elan Corporation back in 2013. Royalty Pharma, the hostile bidder for Elan back then, paid $2.2 billion for Tysabri royalties.
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 […]
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 […]