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A Gut Feeling

The gastrointestinal market has traditionally split into two categories: the heartburn diseases GERD and ulcer, and "other." The former category has yielded blockbuster successes for several large companies, including SmithKline Beecham and AstraZeneca. Those markets have plateaued, however, and now companies are casting about for follow-on products in GI. Large companies and small companies have begun to venture into the "other" GI diseases, irritable bowel syndrome, and inflammatory bowel disease. These diseases are all difficult to diagnose, and the mechanisms that underpin them are still unknown. Furthermore, the diseases are multi-factorial, immunological inflammatory diseases and drug discovery is challenging. While waiting for new drugs, many small companies find the market controlled by 10,000 gastroenterologists in the US to be a niche opportunity that represents a large market that can be targeted with a small salesforce. Device companies too have a role to play, in giving gastros new procedures that keep patients in their franchise, which is encroached upon by GPs and general surgeons.
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Opportunism Knocks

In this era of pharmaceutical industry consolidation, large pharmaceutical companies, and in particular the newly-merged, taking stock of their increasing bulk, have been heard to say that they will drop products in development that don't have the potential to achieve at least $500 million in revenues. Big pharmas are also looking more critically at their small products already on the market. For these large companies, small products could prove to be a distraction that diverts resources away from potential blockbusters, the kinds of products that the companies will need to grow by 15% a year going forward. In theory, then, as pharmaceutical companies up-average product portfolios in favor of high-revenue producers and prune away redundant or non-strategic products in the aftermath of mergers, many more commercializable products should become available for licensing than ever before. That is the hope, anyway, of a handful of new specialty pharmaceutical companies formed to acquire on-the-market products with the aim of growing their sales through a variety of strategies. These companies avoid product development risk but bear risk of a different sort. To be successful, they must be able to continually acquire products that can grow, and not pay too much for them.
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Company Information

  • Industry
  • In Vitro Diagnostics
  • Therapeutic Areas
  • Alias(es)
  • Ownership
  • Private
  • Headquarters
  • Worldwide
    • North America
      • USA
  • Parent & Subsidiaries
  • Meretek Inc.
  • Senior Management
  • John Davenport, Pres. & CEO
  • Contact Info
  • Meretek Inc.
    Phone: (615) 333-6336
    618 Grassmere Park Drive
    Suite 20
    Nashville, TN 37211
    USA
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