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Amgen, Novartis and Lilly are projected to increase sales from externally sourced assets in the coming years, according to a Datamonitor Healthcare analysis, while other big pharma – including frequent acquirer Pfizer and smaller-deal-oriented Bristol – are expected to see that ratio decline compared to sales of internally developed drugs.
In the patent cliff musical chairs game, the music has stopped and generic companies like Mylan and Teva are looking for the next growth driver. While this seems to be biosimilars, it appears that innovator companies who are used to developing biologics, are already sitting in their seats.
Ambitious and confident Chinese pharmaceutical buyers have begun to enter a new brave world of foreign M&A. However, this scenario can be littered with internal challenges and increasingly external scrutiny, less solid pre-deal asset identification and poor post-deal execution, all of which can damage their barely gained credibility, creating hurdles for future deals.
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