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This Month in Pharma

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This month in 1989: the creation of Bristol-Myers Squibb

This month in 1989: the creation of Bristol-Myers Squibb

So far this year the pharma industry has not been short of speculation on potential mergers between some of the world's biggest companies. ... Janssen. It was also in this particular period on July 28, 1989, that two US companies agreed to form what

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  • This month in 1924: the birth of Sir James Black This month in 1924: the birth of Sir James Black

    During this time in Glasgow he worked with George Smith to research ways of increasing the supply of oxygen to the heart in people with narrowed coronary arteries. ... Despite his previous success, he described this role as the “most productive in my

  • This month in 1876: Creation of Eli Lilly & Company This month in 1876: Creation of Eli Lilly & Company

    Another surname still going strong, 116 years after his death, is that of Colonel Eli Lilly, one of the pioneers of the pharma industry in the US whose company went on ... This experience equipped him with the knowledge and skills to open his own

  • This month in 1917: A tale of two Mercks This month in 1917: A tale of two Mercks

    There's a lot to get your head around for anyone entering the pharma industry. ... Shortly afterwards in 1891 George Merck moved from Germany to New York to oversee the operations of this US division, which changed its name to Merck &Co that year.

  • This month in 1996: Ciba-Geigy and Sandoz merge This month in 1996: Ciba-Geigy and Sandoz merge

    The story behind Novartis’ formation resonates today. This column has dealt with the creation of several major modern pharma companies, from the megamerger of GlaxoWellcome and SmithKline Beecham to form GSK ... This led to its first major drug, the

  • This month in 1845: The birth of Robert Wood Johnson This month in 1845: The birth of Robert Wood Johnson

    During this apprenticeship, Robert learnt to mix medicinal plasters, and in 1864 he set off to New York City to further his career in wholesale medication. ... This ambition led to a partnership with a businessman called George Seabury and in 1873, the

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  • Pharma deals continue to slide Pharma deals continue to slide

    For example this month, Karo Pharma, Sweden acquired Weifa, Norway for $163m for product and territory complementarity. ... Given big pharma’s reluctance to spend on M&A it is perhaps surprising that this month Gilead has announced the $11.9bn

  • Deal Watch March 2017 Deal Watch March 2017

    Sanofi, MedImmune, AstraZeneca, Astellas, Novartis and more feature in this month's pharma deals round-up. ... In particular the largest deal this month, between MedImmune and Sanofi Pasteur, has a headline figure of $650m, a figure which would have had

  • Deal Watch February 2017 Deal Watch February 2017

    Actelion, Johnson &Johnson, Sanofi, Takeda and more feature in this month's pharma deals round-up. ... Other pharma companies divesting assets this month include Janssen/J&J and Sanofi.

  • Deal Watch January 2017 Deal Watch January 2017

    Actelion, Johnson &Johnson, Sanofi, Takeda and more feature in this month's pharma deals round-up. ... Deal Watch January 2017. Actelion, Johnson &Johnson, Sanofi, Takeda and more feature in this month's pharma deals round-up.

  • Deal Watch December 2016 Deal Watch December 2016

    Allergan, AZ, BMS, Pfizer, Roche and more feature in this month's pharma deals round-up. ... The Proof of the Pudding is in the Eating. 13 of the 39 deals this month are licences or strategic collaborations involving platform or enabling technology for

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  • Pegasus expands Pharma team with senior hires

    Pegasus’ recruitment drive in Pharma &Life Sciences continues this month, with newly created roles including Senior Account Manager. ... To learn more about life at Pegasus and career opportunities in the Pharma &Life Sciences team visit: or email

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