Merger and Acquisition Activity Expected to Rise in 2013 as Big Pharma Companies Flush With Cash

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jan 21, 2013) - Lost revenues from expiring patents has played a major part in the Biotech Industry's success in recent years. A total of 676 takeovers of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies have occurred in the past three years, with an average premium of 38 percent, according to data collected by Bloomberg. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Biotech Industry and provides equity research on ImmunoGen, Inc. ( NASDAQ : IMGN ) and InterMune, Inc. ( NASDAQ : ITMN ).

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At the end of the third quarter five of the biggest drug makers in the U.S. held over $70 billion in cash, near cash and short-term investments. Major revenue losses from patent expirations have forced big pharmaceutical companies to look to biotech companies to help fill the void. Pfizer's Lipitor and Bristol-Myers' Plavix, which lost exclusivity in late 2011, had combined annuals revenues of $17 billion at their peaks.

"We're through many cost-cutting programs, restructurings and portfolio arrangements," said Henry Gosebruch, Managing Director, Mergers & Acquisitions J.P. Morgan. "When you put that together with record levels of cash available and improving, but still moderate R&D productivity, we think there will be more big pharma M&A activity in 2013."

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ImmunoGen develops targeted anticancer therapeutics using its TAP technology together with the Company's expertise in monoclonal antibodies and tumor biology. A TAP compound uses a tumor-targeting monoclonal antibody to deliver one of ImmunoGen's purpose-developed cancer-killing agents specifically to tumor cells. The company is scheduled to release its second quarter fiscal 2013 results on Friday, January 25th.

InterMune is a biotechnology company focused on the research, development and commercialization of innovative therapies in pulmonology and orphan fibrotic diseases. The company recently reported that Esbriet, their treatment for IPF, has launched in nine of the Company's 15 targeted European countries including the two largest EU markets, Germany and France.

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