Tag Archives: Johnson & Johnson

Idorsia leaps 45% in market debut; Actelion spinoff looks like sure bet with J&J backing to boot. How to invest.

Idorsia Ltd. (Allschwil CHE), the research-based spin-out from Actelion following the latter’s $30 billion acquisition by Johnson & Johnson (New Brunswick NJ), which has now been completed, started trading on… Read more »

IPO Alert: Actelion founders launch startup on $1.5 billion J&J payday: call your broker, soon

Steve’s Take: If ever there was a “story” biotech IPO worth grabbing even a tiny piece of, this is it. First, the story: Two decades ago Jean-Paul and Martine Clozel… Read more »

After Trump’s charge of “getting away with murder,” J&J, other Pharmas scramble to tout price restraints; but who’s kidding whom?

Steve’s Take: I thought the pharma business, like any other, was built on the bedrock precept of: charge what the market will bear, until you’re forced to pull back the… Read more »

Trump and pharma execs make nice; what, Sen. Sanders too?

The News: Last week (January 30, 2017), President Trump promised some of the nation’s top drug-company executives in a meeting at the White House that he would shrink Food and… Read more »

Pfizer stumbles to 4Q profit after rough year for Prevnar; what happened to industry leadership role?

News: Pfizer Inc.’s (New York City) key pneumococcal vaccine, Prevnar, whose sales soared through 2015, stumbled in fourth-quarter results (pdf) released last week. The blockbuster inoculation fell significantly short of Street… Read more »

FTC opens antitrust investigation of Mylan’s EpiPen dominance; isn’t it high time we live up to Churchill’s rejoinder?

The News: Mylan on Monday (January 30, 2017) acknowledged that the US Federal Trade Commission asked the company “months ago” to provide information about the allergy therapy EpiPen (epinephrine) as… Read more »

J&J finally captures Actelion for $30 billion; deal looks good for both unless “what ifs” bite pharma giant’s shareholders

The News: It took months but Swiss biotech Actelion Ltd. (Allschwil) said on Thursday (January 26, 2017) it had agreed to be purchased by Johnson & Johnson (New Brunswick NJ) in a… Read more »

Japan’s Takeda leads off 2017 M&A season with gutsy deal to buy US cancer specialist Ariad for $5.2 billion; it’s expensive, but probably worth it

Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. agreed to acquire Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Cambridge MA) for $24 per share in cash, or an enterprise value of approximately $5.2 billion, boosting its oncology… Read more »

Biotech predictions for 2017 return to positive fundamentals; 2016 meltdown still in rear-view mirror

The NASDAQ Biotech Index got hammered in 2016–-but mostly due to the market melting in January 2016. The Nasdaq Biotech Index collapsed 28% in the opening weeks of 2016 and… Read more »

Gilead starts 2017 by snatching Novartis cancer specialist; a harbinger of early (and ferocious) M&A?

Gilead Sciences Inc. (Foster City CA) has poached a top cancer specialist from Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG (Basel) as the US healthcare group sharpens its focus on oncology. Alessandro Riva… Read more »