Fierce Biotech reports on latest Moody analyst's take on M&A activity for 2013 in the pharma industry. The news was similar to predictions that I've seen for the past couple of years -- that being a few cash flush Big Pharma players will be looking for bolt on acquisitions from the biotech flock to bolster their pipelines -- to help fill in lost sales due to patent expirations within the existing product portfolio.
Potential big acquirers on the latest list included: Pfizer, Novartis, Roche and AstraZeneca. Their purposrted prey might include these analysts favorites: Theravance, Onyx Pharmaceuticals and Cubist Pharmaceuticals. There is no particular word out there that this is actually happening as we speak but these companies have profiles the analysts love to love as acquisition targets due to their relatively smaller size, existing commercial products and current pipelines.
In the past (May 2011), rumors have circulated that AZ was interested in buying Cubist for its antibiotics versus MRSA. So some of the candidate deals on the table are not new notions -- at least for analysts.
Posted by Bruce Lehr Apr 23rd 2013.