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Analysts See Long-Term Gains From Takeda-Millennium Merger

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

Executive Summary

Although Takeda Pharmaceutical's takeover bid for Millennium Pharmaceuticals, a U.S. biotech, caused concerns among investors, other analysts see the move as good for the Japanese firm in the long run. The $8.8 billion offer, open to shareholders into May, would position Takeda to outpace other drug makers in the cancer-drug end of the business. The purchase also is seen as protection against revenue losses expected within the next three years as Takeda patents expire on some of its best-selling drugs. Analysts even believe that despite the immediate drain a merger would have on Takeda coffers, investors would benefit from the merger in the long run. (Click here for more - a subscription may be required

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