Pharma M&A resurgence: An overview of recent deal-making trends

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After something of a slow year in 2022, mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity is ramping back up in the pharma and biotech sector. There have been several especially large M&A deals in the past few months. Examples include Pfizer’s (NYSE:PFE) $43 billion acquisition of Seagen, and Merck’s (NYSE:MRK) $11 billion purchase of Prometheus Biosciences. In December 2022, Amgen (Nasdaq:AMGN) said it would scoop up Horizon Therapeutics for almost $28 billion.

What’s fueling the M&A uptick?

Factors driving the uptick include an upcoming patent cliff from 2026 to 2029, pricing pressure from the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act and lower equity valuations, according to Moody’s Health Care Quarterly: April 2023.

For instance, the Amgen acquisition of Horizon could help the firm offset a potential $30 billion sales shortfall it may face as a result of growing b…

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Verana Health launches Qdata anti-VEGF market tracker for in-depth market analysis

Digital health company Verana Health (San Francisco) has unveiled the Qdata anti-VEGF market tracker. It is their first market tracking Data as a Service (DaaS) product.

Excessive amounts of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) can cause abnormal blood vessel growth in the eyes, which, when untreated, can result in vision loss in patients with retinal diseases. Consequently, anti-VEGF therapies help preserve eyesight for patients with conditions such as age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

Qdata anti-VEGF market tracker supports brand-level analysis

The Qdata anti-VEGF market tracker enables comprehensive brand-level analysis. It also provides direct access to real-world data, according to Sujay Jadhav, Verana Health’s CEO. The service offers accurate and timely insights into product performance and market dynamics.

Sujay Jadhav

Real-world data is drawn from the Ameri…

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