2014’s Top Biopharma Dealmakers
Big Pharmas exchanging assets featured in 2014 M&As. Cancer alliances represented the largest group of partnerships, and J&J was again the most active in-licenser.
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The year was marked by record levels of biopharma M&A activity and a strong IPO market. Measures designed to deliver early access to new medicines continued to advance on both sides of the Atlantic, while pricing came in for renewed attention as new, highly effective but extremely expensive products reached the market.
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