Stockwatch: Big Pharma Buys Bargain-Basement Big Biotech
AstraZeneca’s Acquisition Of Alexion May Not Be The Last
The acquisitions of Alexion and Celgene are the latest in a long line of transactions in which big pharma buys big biotech. But these latest two are of biotechs that have disappointed their investors, and there are still some of those left for 2021.
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Bristol's surprising purchase diversifies its portfolio beyond Opdivo, while stopping Celgene's ongoing stock price declines after several setbacks. While Bristol execs downplayed the mid-term risk of generics for Celgene's blockbuster Revlimid, they highlighted near- and long-term growth drivers.
Deals announced by Sanofi and Novartis at this year’s virtual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference and a smattering of full-year revenue preannouncements did not mark a bumper start to the year.
A positive start to the year for healthcare stocks was accompanied, as usual, by drug price increases. This and the other issues that have been carried over from 2020 remain just as challenging.