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Deloitte Report: Pharmaceutical Companies' Patent Cliff Could Bolster Mergers and Acquisitions
Date:10/27/2009

NEW YORK, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ --

What:

"Acquisitions versus Product Development: An Emerging Trend in Life Sciences"

Who:

Phil Pfrang, partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP

When:

Available immediately

Where:

www.deloitte.com/us/acqusitionsvsproductdevelopment

Details:

Recent pharmaceutical mergers and acquisitions indicate a trend of consolidation in the industry. Companies are looking for ways to bolster their research and development pipelines and reduce costs by rationalizing their combined sales and reducing other corporate overhead. The specter of possible healthcare reforms and the fact that drugs representing more than $74 billion in sales will lose patent protection by 2012 are also driving a new trend of later-stage mergers.

Deloitte's report, "Acquisitions versus Product Development: An Emerging Trend in Life Sciences," indicates an increasing preference for deals involving companies with compounds in the later stages of development.

"With so many rapidly changing dynamics -- the patent cliff, healthcare reform and still-dry capital markets -- the trends in life sciences industry consolidation are almost certain to continue with a growing emphasis on those deals with companies involved with late stage developed compounds," said Pfrang. "Healthy companies have good cause to pursue deals that promise faster revenue streams and profits. Likewise, cash-strapped companies -- particularly firms with rich research and development pipelines -- are likely to seek deals rather than face other alternatives."

Pfrang noted that acquirers or licensees have the opportunity to cut costs while leveraging their clinical development capabilities to accelerate the filing and launch of deals with a higher
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