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Japan: The Final Frontier

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Most western drug firms have shunned the Japanese market, regarded as highly problematic. But short on new products and with diminishing returns on investment at home, many are now taking a fresh look at the world's second largest health care market.

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The Rise Of Japanese Pharma Dealmakers

Japanese pharmas are now serious contenders for partnerships outside their home country, increasing their spending on both alliances and acquisitions in recent years. The increased desire to partner with Western biotechs is good news for smaller industry players as the recent spate of mega-mergers has resulted in a smaller pool of potential acquirers for their assets.IN VIVO presents an analysis of recent trends in biopharmaceutical dealmaking between Japan and the West.

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