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Mereo’s shareholders back OncoMed takeover

Deal expected to go through next week. UK company Mereo BioPharma is on the brink of a US listing, via the takeover of troubled US biotech OncoMed, after the deal was

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  • Sage raises $575m ahead of FDA review date for Zulresso Sage raises $575m ahead of FDA review date for Zulresso

    The company has been repeatedly mentioned in dispatches as a possible takeover target  by a big pharma group as its pipeline matures.

  • Pfizer takeover rumour ignites Amarin shares Pfizer takeover rumour ignites Amarin shares

    Shire acquisition and Bristol-Myers Squibb’s $74bn Celgene takeover, after failing to reach terms with AstraZeneca a few years ago. ... There are signs that M&A deal activity is picking up in pharma overall, particularly for large-scale transactions.

  • Takeda rebels take aim at Shire acquisition Takeda rebels take aim at Shire acquisition

    Shareholder group concerned about $30bn debt burden. Opposition to Takeda’s yet-to-be-finalised $63bn takeover of Shire appears to be building among some shareholders in Japan. ... of bolt-on acquisitions and licensing deals, including the $5.2bn

  • Vernalis accepts £33m takeover offer from Ligand Pharma Vernalis accepts £33m takeover offer from Ligand Pharma

    Biotech buyout brings team of 70 scientists in Cambridge, UK. After mulling over several takeover offers, UK biotech Vernalis has been won over by an overture from California’s Ligand Pharma ... Clinical-stage pipeline projects include Verona

  • Roche agrees $2.4bn takeover of genomics player Foundation Roche agrees $2.4bn takeover of genomics player Foundation

    Roche Pharma chief executive Daniel O’Day said taking over Foundation is an important part of its personalised healthcare strategy as “we believe molecular insights and the broad availability of high

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  • Pharma deals during July 2013 Pharma deals during July 2013

    July saw huge deal activity in the pharma industry, almost as if everyone was trying to close their deals before the holiday season. ... Elan's saga finally ends. We watched with great interest as Elan battled against the $6.7bn, increasing to $8bn,

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  • Senior AstraZeneca exec jumps ship to small biotech Senior AstraZeneca exec jumps ship to small biotech

    He will leave the world's eight largest pharma firm to join a much smaller, privately owned biotech company, whose identity has not yet been publicly  revealed. ... 12 months ago the firm successfully rejected an $118bn takeover attempt from the US

  • Kite Pharma names Cynthia Butitta as CFO Kite Pharma names Cynthia Butitta as CFO

    She helped broker Pfizer’s takeover of NextWave Pharmaceuticals. Kite Pharma has named industry veteran Cynthia Butitta as chief financial officer. ... She was also VP of finance at the biotech Connetics. Kite Pharma is a biotech specialist in the

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