October 2018 Healthcare Deal Spending Breaks Even

Spending on healthcare deals in the month of October didn’t match the surge in deal volume (see separate post). At $9.4 billion, October 2018 posted a slight 4% gain over September, but was 25% lower than the $12.6 billion spent in October 2017. Of course, we can only go by disclosed prices, and several transactions […]

Novartis Bags Cancer Researcher Endocyte

With little fanfare, Swiss drug maker Novartis AG (NYSE: NVS) bagged Endocyte, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECYT) for $2.1 billion, or $24.00 per share. The price represents a 54% premium to Endocyte’s closing price on October 17, 2018, the day before this deal was announced. Endocyte, a biopharmaceutical company based in Indiana, develops targeted therapies for the […]

Summertime Sales from Novartis

It’s been a busy summer for Novartis AG (NYSE: NVS). The Swiss drug-maker has sold off a few assets, one at a loss. On August 31, Mylan NV (NYSE: MYL) acknowledged that it paid $463 million for Novartis’ cystic fibrosis products. Novartis sold the worldwide rights to commercialize its cystic fibrosis products TOBI Podhaler (tobramycin inhalation powder) […]

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For a Short Month, February Was Long on Deal Volume

Ever wonder why February is the shortest month of the year? It didn’t even exist on the old Roman calendar, when there were only 10 months in a year. Later, the calendar was revised to include 12 lunar cycles totaling 355 days and January and February were added, with February as the last month of […]

Test tubes filled with money
Test tubes filled with money

Tax Overhaul Boosted Pharma Deals in Q4:17

The dam broke in the fourth quarter of 2017, and pharmaceutical deal makers began acquiring again. The Republican tax overhaul that lowered the tax rate for corporations’ repatriated cash was approved in December, spurring big drug companies to think about mergers and acquisitions once again. Deal volume in the fourth quarter shot up 100% over […]

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Stat of the week graph

Stat of the Week: October Deal Volume +9%

After a few months of slow going, healthcare deal volume revved up in October. Although it’s the start of the typically busy fourth quarter, we’ve learned not to expect past performance to indicate future results. Preliminary data shows 130 transactions were announced, up 9% compared with the 119 deals announced in both September 2017 and […]

MCOs Make Deals to Combat High Drug Costs

Drug companies and managed care organizations are working to keep prices from rising precipitously. Then there’s Pfizer.

Big Pharma Pays Big for Biotech Pipelines

The pharmaceutical industry has largely given up on in-house research and development, saying that the R&D timeline is too costly, long and uncertain to fund with shareholders’ money. The industry has gone from bolt-on acquisitions of smaller companies with marketed products to battling it out for clinical-stage drug candidates. What’s surprised some industry observers is […]