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Private Equity Eyes Pharma As Vectura Gets Snapped Up By Carlyle

UK Firm Bought Out For Nearly $1.4bn

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Cash-rich private equity firms are eyeing opportunities in healthcare, especially among listed companies with sluggish share prices. The Carlyle Group could be getting a bargain if it seals a deal for the Chippenham-based inhalation specialist.

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