Deals Shaping the Medical Industry (7/07)
The dealmaking column is a survey of recent transactions, including strategic alliances, mergers & acquisitions, and financings, in the life sciences industries. Deals are listed by the following industry sectors: in vitro diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and research/analytical instrumentation and reagents. All transactions are excerpted from Windhover's Strategic Transactions database, providing comprehensive transaction coverage from 1991 to the present.
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Pharma’s opponents believe passage of the Inflation Reduction Act represents a momentum shift that will make it easier for politicians (even some Republicans) to take on the industry. They’ll need to count on that as they still have a long list of targets ahead on their lower-drug pricing agenda.
Good news in the biopharma industry and the US economy gave public drug developers the boost they needed to raise cash, including Karuna’s $750m offering. Private company financings slowed during the second week of August, but Prellis and Vector BioPharma raised venture capital.