Deal Statistics Quarterly, Q2 2003
In Vivo presents another installment of our quarterly reivew of dealmaking--in this case April-June 2003. Our data come from Windhover's Strategic Transactions Database. We include medical device financings by deal type; diagnostic financings by industry segment; pharma and biotech alliances by therapeutic category and industry segment; pharma and biotech financings by market segment, and pharma and biotech M&A.
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Things have been bleak on the discovery side of the dealmaking world, as evidenced by a paucity of Big Pharma alliances. But the Tularik/Amgen transaction indicates a renewed interest in target-stage transactions, though with the best prospects reserved for cancer focused companies with significant chemistry capabilities.
Abbott Laboratories broke into the spinal market with its acquisition of Spinal Concepts, and expanded its interventional cardiology product line by acquiring Jomed's coronary and peripheral interventional product lines. Both deals reflect the increasing convergence in medical devices of drug and device therapies.