Gilead Buys Kite Pharma to Diversify Portfolio

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.

Hanmi Pharmaceutical Deals with Sanofi, Janssen

Korean pharmaceutical company Hanmi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. popped up on the healthcare M&A radar last week with two collaboration announcements. First was an agreement with French drug maker Sanofi (NYSE: SNY) to grant the worldwide license to a yet-to-be developed portfolio of experimental, long-acting diabetes treatments. Sanofi paid an upfront fee of €400 million ($434,820,000) and is […]

Janssen Scoops Up XO1

No, XO1 is not a drug candidate, it’s the name of an asset-centric virtual biopharmaceutical company, XO1 Limited, a UK-based portfolio company of Index Ventures. Janssen Pharmaceuticals (NYSE: JNJ) paid an undisclosed price for the virtual company, which was founded solely to develop the anti-thrombin antibody ichorcumab, which basically acts as an anticoagulant but doesn’t […]