biotech
biotech

A Good Start for Biotech in 2020

Early in January 2019, Bristol-Myers Squibb‘s (NYSE: BMY) $74 billion acquisition of Celgene Corporation dominated the headlines. But despite that big deal, 2019 was a rather lackluster year for the Biotechnology sector. However, the opening quarter of 2020 is showing some promise. This year’s J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference came and went without any major announcements, […]

Ra Pharmaceuticals
Ra Pharmaceuticals

Array BioPharma Grabbed By Pfizer for $11.4 Billion

With AbbVie Inc.’s  (NYSE: ABBV) surprise $87 billion bid for Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN) dominating headlines this week, you’d be forgiven for forgetting Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) just bought Array BioPharma (NASDAQ: ARRY) for $11.4 billion only days before. It’s the pharmaceutical giant’s biggest deal of the year thus far in announced dollar volume, and only second behind the aforementioned […]

Amazon Scoops Up PillPack for $1 Billion

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) finally took the plunge into the pharmaceutical market with its approximately $1 billion acquisition of five-year-old PillPack, an online pharmacy startup based in Manchester, New Hampshire. Financial terms weren’t disclosed in the deal’s announcement, but on June 28, the day of the announcement, The Wall Street Journal quoted sources on the price. In April […]

Takeda Takes on Shire for $81.5 Billion

Big Pharma deals are back, more than ever. After six weeks of offers, refusals, talks and more, Japanese drug giant Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (OTCQB: TKPYY) reached an agreement to acquire Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG) for $81.5 billion, including assumed debt of $19.54 billion. It’s the largest healthcare deal announced ever, unless you count Pfizer’s […]

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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 […]

Chromosomes
Chromosomes

Biotechnology Gets the Usual January Boost

The Biotechnology sector roared to life in 2017, posting a record 209 transactions. That’s 20% higher than the 174 deals announced in 2016. The previous record for the sector was set in 2009, with 193 transactions announced in the space. Spending for those 209 deals in 2017 didn’t set new records, but did post an […]

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Stat of the week graph

Top 10 Health Care Deals of 2017

“Variety” best describes the top 10 healthcare deals announced in 2017. The target companies spanned sectors from Biotechnology and Medical Devices to Managed Care and Other Services. You know the healthcare game is changing when just a single pharmaceutical target made the list in 2017, compared with six of the top 10 deals in 2015. […]

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.