NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jan 14, 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 ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. (
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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ACADIA Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical company focused on innovative small molecule drugs that address unmet medical needs in neurological and related central nervous system disorders. We have a pipeline of product candidates led by pimavanserin, which is in Phase III development as a potential first-in-class treatment for Parkinson's disease psychosis.
Halozyme's research focuses primarily on human enzymes that alter the extracellular matrix. Our lead enzyme, the recombinant human hyaluronidase (rHuPH20), temporarily degrades hyaluronan, a matrix component in the skin, and facilitates the dispersion and absorption of drugs and fluids. The company recently announced partnered with Pfizer for the purpose of developing and commercializing products combining proprietary Pfizer biologics with Halozyme's Enhanze technology.
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