Second Quarter Health Care M&A Spending Tanks

It’s still early yet, but we can say with confidence that the second quarter of 2015 doesn’t hold a candle to last year’s second quarter, at least dollar-wise. Last year, deal volume and value hit all-time highs for all previous Q2s, coming in at 325 deals and $135.8 billion in spending on those deals. This […]

Top Deals in June 2015 Aren’t So Big

Healthcare M&A in June 2015 hasn’t been dead slow, but it certainly hasn’t kept pace with previous months’ totals. With 83 deals and $14.8 billion in spending, June 2015 lags far behind June 2014’s 120 transactions and $59.2 billion in spending. That said, we’re writing this on the day the U.S. Supreme Court found for […]

Allergan Adds Kythera to Smooth Its Profile

Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN), formerly known as Actavis plc, wasted no time in acquiring another publicly traded company. Last week, Allergan picked up Kythera Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: KYTH) for $2.1 billion, payable 80% in cash and 20% in new AGN shares issued to KYTH shareholders. Kythera’s only marketed product is Kybella™, an injectable drug that […]

Kythera Biopharma Goes Bald

Kythera Biopharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: KYTH), a clinical stage biopharma with a penchant for novel prescription products for the aesthetic medical market, entered into separate license agreements with Actellion Pharmceuticals Ltd. and the University of Pennsylvania last month. Actelion is selling the rights to setipiprant, a clinical-stage oral antagonist to the prostaglandin D2 receptor. Under the agreement […]