Deal Watch: More Predictions 2017 Will Be A Banner Year For Deal-Making
PwC anticipates a streamlining of the FDA approval process could address asset scarcity. AbbVie begins 2017 with three modest-sized deals, while PharmAthene and Altimmune join forces in a reverse-merger.
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A review of biopharma startup dealmaking and financing activity from January through March 2017, based on data from Strategic Transactions, showed a 19% decline in startup financing compared with the fourth quarter of 2016, but big pharmas provided capital in the form of alliance fees.
Johnson & Johnson is expected to keep pursuing Actelion despite news the target's pulmonary arterial hypertension drug macitentan missed a primary endpoint in a Phase III study of patients with PAH due to Eisenmenger Syndrome.
Takeda is continuing apace with smaller targeted alliances despite its big Ariad acquisition, this time linking with a private US venture for the global development of a novel drug for serious pediatric epilepsies, in a move that aligns with the Japanese firm's pursuit of R&D externalization.