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The deal is a major development coming on the heels of JPA’s acquisition of BioCentric, Inc. a clinical communications company based in greater Philadelphia and Switzerland (May 2024), and True North Solutions last fall, as well as the launch of GRETEL Trails, JPA’s proprietary AI-powered insight engine and chatbot, last summer.

As JPM week drew to a close, Lilly CEO David Ricks discussed what he sees in store for the biopharma industry.

All three companies closed out the year, which saw significant growth in mergers and acquisitions, with high-value deals that could potentially set the tone for M&A in 2024.

Like the quest to discover a new medicine, pulling off a successful mega-deal is a frustrating and elusive experiment. Tokyo-based drugmaker Takeda understands the difficulty of both. Although boss Christophe Weber will have plenty to celebrate on the upcoming fifth anniversary of his landmark $62 billion Shire acquisition, the deal has delivered no value to his shareholders.

Novo Nordisk (wants to buy more companies with drugs in early- to mid-stages of development through “bolt-on” deals of up to a few billion dollars, CEO Lars Fruergaard Jorgensen told Reuters on Friday.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to recede, the top pharma companies intensified their focus into areas such as cancer and metabolic diseases to build up their pipelines, and their growth prospects, for the future.

The company is open to making big acquisitions if they make “sense”, Chief Executive Thomas Schinecker said, with the Swiss drugmaker unencumbered by its $20.7 billion deal last year to buy back its shares from Novartis.

A downward spiral has continued into 2023, with many good companies laying off employees and shuttering promising clinical programs as they’ve tried to keep the lights on until the dark times are behind us and they again have access to capital. In the midst of such hardships, few companies have chosen to go public.

The Federal Trade Commission seeks to codify its heavier-handed approach, already displayed by its actions regarding Amgen’s acquisition of Horizon, among other deals.

The deal is the first large acquisition under new CEO Christopher Viehbacher as he seeks to return the drugmaker to growth.