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Will Pharmasset’s $11 Billion Windfall Benefit Other HCV Players?

Executive Summary

Gilead Sciences’ offer of $11 billion for Pharmasset shattered all previous records for the cost of buying out a clinical-stage biotech and further cemented the status of hepatitis C as one of the hottest spaces in biopharmaceutical development.

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