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Bristol-Myers Pushes Celgene Deal, Starboard Hits Back, in $74B Takeover Spat

Martin Baccardax

traded blows with activist investor Starboard Value LP Tuesday as the pair issued competing presentations linked to the pharmaceutical group's planned $74 billion takeover of cancer drug specialist Celgene Corp. Bristol Myers said the deal, which if first unveiled in early January, would mean give combined companies number one positions in oncology and cardiovascular drug sales, with a top five standing in immunology and inflammation and nine currency products with over $1 billion in sales. Starboard, for its part, opposes the deal, arguing Celgene is a company facing a "massive patent cliff" that will force it to replace some 60% of its revenues over the next seven years.