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Japanese biotech is booming and linked with Midwest

Earlier this year, I talked about merger mania in the Japanese pharmaceutical market. Another interesting trend is the growth of Japanese biotechnology. Though the Japanese were slow to participate in this industry, the country is rapidly gaining a leadership role.

According to a recent article in the March 2005 edition of PharmaVOICE<......

Full article >>> tors at public universities to serve as directors of private companies.

The results have been an explosion in university-based spinout companies (not just in biotechnology), which have increased from 100 firms in 1997 to 800 in 2004.

JETRO (the Japan External Trade Organization) has made this one of its key initiatives. Under the leadership of d......

Full article >>> Chicago specialty pharma company Unimed. Unimed products Marinol and Androgel have driven Solvays sales in recent years. Like Japan, there are plenty of other regional European players that are ripe for acquisition. It will be interesting to see further M&A activity.

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