mercredi 14 janvier 2015

Biotech’s Hot IPO Market Creates Next Takeover Targets: Real M&A

"Biotech’s Hot IPO Market Creates Next Takeover Targets: Real M&A"

The first large drug transaction of the year was Shire Plc (SHP)’s agreement Sunday to buy rare-disease treatment developer NPS Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NPSP) for $5.2 billion.

Biogen Idec Inc. also struck a deal of up to $675 million for a company with an experimental pain medicine.

More takeovers of young companies with promising new remedies may follow as drugmakers look for ways to stoke growth.

Last year’s record amount of biotech initial public offerings is giving acquirers an even bigger pool of candidates to choose from, with innovative therapies in profitable treatment areas such as liver disease and cancer.

It adds to a list of potential targets that were already on analysts’ radar, including Achillion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (ACHN) and Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Read more: “The IPO mill keeps on turning out new companies, and then sure enough somewhere down the line you get some other company looking” to buy them

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