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Astralis Ltd.

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Recent Dealmaking (06/2004)

Summarizing the month in European dealmaking.

Terra Infirma: Pharma Dealmaking 2001

With Big Pharma still trying to figure out how to create productive businesses from their mega-mergers, most of the year's high-value M&A saw biotechs buying late-stage or marketed products. But these biotechs are also, with the risk of development failure ever clearer, actively in-licensing and acquiring products and product-creating technologies in order to diversify what are often single-product portfolios. Unlike many Big Pharmas, these companies have been willing to improve existing chemical entities, often exploiting drug delivery and other pharmaceutical sciences. Meanwhile, large companies focused on late-stage in-licensing, in part because they couldn't afford acquisitions--given the valuation disparities between large companies and small ones with valuable late-stage products. Nonetheless, while more affordable than acquisitions, the high price of these deals has transferred the majority of the regulatory and commercial risk to the licensee. As for the early-stage side of the biotech industry: platform companies have not been able to sell their discovery technologies at anything like the prices they expected; as a result, many of them have merged in an effort to create product-focused discovery operations.
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Company Information

  • Industry
  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Therapeutic Areas
  • Dermatology
  • Inflammation
  • Alias(es)
  • Astralis Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
  • Astralis LLC
  • Ownership
  • Public
  • Headquarters
  • Worldwide
    • North America
      • USA
  • Parent & Subsidiaries
  • Astralis Ltd.
  • Senior Management
  • James Sharpe, CEO
    Gina Tedesco, CFO
    Jose Antonio O'Daly, MD, PhD, Chmn. & Pres., R&D
  • Contact Info
  • Astralis Ltd.
    Phone: (973) 377-8008
    135 Columbia Tpke.
    Ste. 301
    Florham Park, NJ 07932
    USA
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