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Shearwater Corp.

Division of Nektar Therapeutics
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Enzon: The Perils of Profitability

Profitable but pipeline-poor Enzon tried to build a road back to R&D. But its value-oriented investors wouldn't support the spending ambitions, particularly as their royalty income declined. Enzon tried to merge with NPS, a pipeline-rich unprofitable company, hoping to transform its conservative shareholder base for one looking for biopharma-type home runs--but there too ran smack into the immovable force of investor inertia.
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Drug Delivery: Moving from Platform to Product

The traditional drug-delivery business model of service for hire has fallen from popularity. Big Pharmas are doing few deals of this sort, and investors want bigger returns than fees and royalties can provide. Start-ups with drug delivery technologies are increasingly using their platforms on their own behalf, to create products they can out-license or possibly market themselves. Now content--getting the molecules to be delivered--is an issue.
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Recent Dealmaking (11/2002)

Summarizing the month in European dealmaking.

An Emerging Biotech Customer Base Helps Drug Delivery Firms Balance Risks

When Inhale Therapeutic Systems bought Shearwater, a provider of PEG (polyethylene glycol) technology and development services, it did so to extend its drug delivery capabilities beyond particle-based formulations. But another part of the rationale was to jigger its mix of programs to include both near- and longer-term projects, and to achieve a balance of high- and low-risk projects. As evidenced by its recent spate of deal announcements, the emerging deal-making power of small and mid-sized companies is helping Inhale accomplish those goals.
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