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2009's Top Biopharma Dealmakers

Executive Summary

A flurry of dealmaking in December, especially by big pharmacos, helped to bring 2009 to a strong close in terms of alliances. But the year will probably most be remembered for the Big Pharma mega mergers that combined four major companies and topped the acquisitions list by their dollar values. We focus here on the dealmakers, showing which companies dominated the dealmaking landscape in terms of deal volume and value, as well as therapeutic categories that grabbed the most attention.

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Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology Deal Statistics Quarterly, Q4 2009

Highlights from the Q4 2009 review of pharmaceutical and biotechnology dealmaking: Financing dollar volume was high with 108 financing deals bringing in close to $5 billion, with a big increase in public financings: IPOS and FOPOs together made up over half of the quarter's total dollar volume. Conversely VC rounds were down--accounting for only 18% of the Q4 aggregate. M&A was strong in Q4 with 27 transactions bringing in close to $8 billion-almost half of these were acquisitions of private biotechs. Deals with big earn-outs were also predominantly featured this quarter (and throughout the year). Alliances in Q4 reached an aggregate potential deal value (pre-commercialization monies) of $5.9 billion, a 46% increase over the previous quarter. Several Big Pharmas did multiple transactions, most notably GlaxoSmithKline PLC, which penned nine of its 20 in-licensing deals in the fourth quarter alone. Q4 also boasted 16 deals with up-front payments exceeding $50 million.

Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology Deal Statistics Quarterly, Q4 2009

Highlights from the Q4 2009 review of pharmaceutical and biotechnology dealmaking: Financing dollar volume was high with 108 financing deals bringing in close to $5 billion, with a big increase in public financings: IPOS and FOPOs together made up over half of the quarter's total dollar volume. Conversely VC rounds were down--accounting for only 18% of the Q4 aggregate. M&A was strong in Q4 with 27 transactions bringing in close to $8 billion-almost half of these were acquisitions of private biotechs. Deals with big earn-outs were also predominantly featured this quarter (and throughout the year). Alliances in Q4 reached an aggregate potential deal value (pre-commercialization monies) of $5.9 billion, a 46% increase over the previous quarter. Several Big Pharmas did multiple transactions, most notably GlaxoSmithKline PLC, which penned nine of its 20 in-licensing deals in the fourth quarter alone. Q4 also boasted 16 deals with up-front payments exceeding $50 million.

Biopharma Trends: Nowhere To Go But Up

Biopharmaceutical trends in 2008 were fundamentally altered by the global financial crisis. And 2009's events were similarly impacted by the ongoing recovery. VCs hunkered down as capital and exits remained scarce, and pharmaceutical acquirers remained cautious.Those deals that did get done were typically structured affairs or options-to-deal. In addition, health care reform added to the ongoing drama and uncertainty

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