Pharmaceutical Deals Celebrate the New Year

The Pharmaceutical sector hasn’t wasted any time getting busy in the New Year. As of January 18, 2017, 10 pharma deals have been announced, with disclosed prices totaling $7.18 billion. Of course, the annual JP Morgan Healthcare Summit, held this year from January 9 to January 13, helped to boost the announcements. The largest deal so […]

Stryker’s Minimally Invasive Acquisitions

For a company that has targeted minimally invasive surgical products of late, Stryker Corporation (NYSE: SYK) has been highly visible in the acquisition arena this year. It started in February 2016. That month, the medical device giant announced three deals, totaling $2.03 billion. In April, three more acquisitions were announced, with only one disclosed price of $40.6 million. […]

March 2016’s Biggest Health Care Deals

Health care companies are still attracting buyers, and those in the services sectors seem to be the hottest. Last month saw healthy deal volume, at 134 transactions. For a year that started slowly for health care mergers and acquisitions, March 2016’s deal volume is only 3% lower than the same month a year ago. Industry […]

Pharma Cozies Up to Diagnostic Labs

Last year, the Laboratory, MRI & Dialysis sector posted robust deal volume, relatively speaking. The total of 52 announced transactions was a 58% gain compared with the year before, and better than every year since 2007, when 54 deals were announced (see the chart below). Two of the deals targeting a diagnostic lab or technology were made […]

Valeant Pharmaceuticals Keeps Buying

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (NYSE: VRX) couldn’t keep its checkbook closed last week. On September 1, Valeant obtained the exclusive license to develop and commercialize brodalumab, a psoriasis drug candidate, from AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN) for $100 million. Valeant will hold the exclusive rights to develop and commercialize brodalumab globally, except in Japan and certain other Asian countries […]

InSite Vision Sees a Better Offer

Back in June, InSite Vision Inc. (OTCBB: INSV), which focuses on specialty ophthalmic products for diseases of the eye, agreed to be acquired by QLT Inc. (NASDAQ: QLTI) in an all-stock transaction. QLT shareholders would own about 89% of the combined company, which would retain the QLT  name and be incorporated in Canada, thanks to QLT’s […]

Eye Diseases Spur More M&A in July

At least three of the deals announced so far in July have targeted companies or compounds that treat eye diseases. The first was Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) and its $124 million deal with Applied Genetic Technologies (NASDAQ: AGTC) for the worldwide commercialization rights to one clinical-stage and one pre-clinical therapeutic program. Last week, Allergan Inc. […]

Busy Year for Billion-Dollar Health Care Deals

Last week we noted that April was a slow month for healthcare deals. Then we checked our database, DealSearchOnline.com, and discovered there have been 19 billion-dollar deal announcements already in 2015, through May 8th, with a combined total of $103.6 billion. The total for the entire year is about to top $120 billion, on 487 […]

Endo Tries to Upstage Valeant’s Bid for Salix

It’s not over until the fat check arrives. That’s the story of Salix Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: SLXP), which last month accepted Valeant Pharmaceuticals’ (NYSE: VRX) $10.1 billion acquisition offer. Valeant thought it had snatched victory from Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG) and Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ENDP), which were also readying bids for the troubled Salix. Endo […]

Year’s Biggest Billion-Dollar Deals Top $64 Billion

Already in 2015, we’ve recorded 11 billion-dollar-plus deals, for a total of $64.4 billion. Thanks to the $21 billion AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) bid for Pharmacyclics (NASDAQ: PCYC), the biotechnology sector accounted for $27.5 billion of those big deals. Pharmaceuticals, with four billion-plus transactions, still ranks first, with combined spending of $30.45 billion.