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Consultants expect M&A tempo to continue

Consultants expect M&A tempo to continue

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PwC anticipates that divestitures will fuel late-2014 deals, but notes that the noise around early deals and the financials don't fully match up.

Five things for Pharma Marketers to know: Wednesday, August 27

Five things for Pharma Marketers to know: Wednesday, August 27

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Allergan sets a shareholder voting date, Novo describes the types of acquisitions it will consider, and the AstraZeneca-Pfizer talks can now reopen.

Abbott deal highlights inversion inaction

Political furor over the recent spate of tax inversions is having little influence on how the government chooses its partners.

Allergan reported to seek out Salix deal

The Wall Street Journal says the deal would add "another layer of intrigue" to the Allergan-Valeant hostilities.

InterMune joins M&A fray

GlaxoSmithKline, Actelion, Sanofi and Roche are said to be among a host of suitors.

Roche is hungry, not starving for M&A

CEO Severin Schwan tells Reuters that the Swiss firm will be looking for small acquisitions and partnerships.

Shire, AbbVie join forces for $55B

Shire, AbbVie join forces for $55B

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The deal includes a $1.6-billion fee if AbbVie tries to walk away.

Shire asks AbbVie for more money

Shire asks AbbVie for more money

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Shire and AbbVie's courtship has entered round five. A deal would offer AbbVie tax relief, and possibly make it an acquisition target.

NuPathe dumps Endo

NuPathe decided Teva's $144-million offer was a better fit, ending its possible Endo merger.

Business briefs: Novartis, Regeneron and Pfizer

Novartis prepares for a strategic review that hints at scuttling lesser-performing businesses; Regeneron's Eylea sales prompt expansion; Pfizer targets diabetes and obesity; and the FDA approves an MS stem cell trial

Business briefs: Elan and Valeant

Perrigo sweeps Elan off its feet for $8.6 billion, and Valeant is slashing 2,700 jobs.

Publicis Omnicom merger puts healthcare clients under one roof

Publicis Omnicom merger puts healthcare clients under one roof

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Over the weekend, Publicis Omnicom vaulted past WPP to become the world's biggest ad holding company. The task now falls on its co-CEOs to sort out any conflicts and prevent defections.

Culture of innovation has a sales value, study says

Culture of innovation has a sales value, study says

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Why executives evaluating biotech acquisitions shouldn't overlook the cultural dimension: A new paper finds a link to revenue performance.

J&J consolidates, rebrands Ethicon units

J&J consolidates, rebrands Ethicon units

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Driven by consolidation in the healthcare industry, J&J is reuniting Ethicon, Inc. and Ethicon Endo-Surgery to present surgeons and health systems with a single face.

Pharmas to biotechs: let's make a deal

Pharmas to biotechs: let's make a deal

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Having finally accepted that external R&D is the future, big pharmas are snapping up earlier-stage biotechs and biologics, but they're not betting the farm on them, thanks to pre-nup-like earnout deals.

After rough '12, PHCG looks to inject more life into business

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An agency bellwether, PHCG is hoping to return to growth after a tame 2012, its CEO said this week.

Between the lines, Read offers investors a split preview

Between the lines, Read offers investors a split preview

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The Pfizer chief told investors that the company will provide "transparency" on its new and established products businesses, with a view toward a possible Abbott-esque spinoff down the road

Business briefs: LifeScan, Havas Health

LifeScan's new glucose monitor gets an FDA green light; Havas Health merges two London shops and refreshes H4B branding

Ex-Pfizer chief takes over at troubled Optimer

Ex-Pfizer chief takes over at troubled Optimer

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Former Pfizer chieftain Hank McKinnell is taking the reins at stock scandal-plagued Optimer—perchance to sell it to Pfizer?

With digital no longer special, InVentiv merges four agencies into two

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InVentiv is merging two of its digital agencies into two full-service shops: GSW, Fueled by Blue Diesel and Ignite + Palio.

Company news: Edelman, Pfizer, Publicis, Lippincott

Healthcare PR giant Dan Edelman dies; Pfizer says 'no comment' on breakup speculation; Publicis Healthcare snags a new SVP; Lippincott gives nurses a new drug diagnosis tool.

Company news: Pfizer, Vertex and Poz

Pfizer and at least two other pharmas are spreading pink slips instead of cheer

Havas merges transatlantic duo of digital shops

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Havas is merging two digital shops, Euro RSCG Life 4D and Creative Lynx, to form Havas Lynx, a transatlantic full service group that will serve as a mini-network alongside Havas Life and Health4Brands.

Draftfcb buys New York pharma shop Hudson Global

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Draftfcb Healthcare has bought Tarrytown, NY-based drug marketing shop Hudson Global. The eight-year-old agency will continue to operate out of Tarrytown under its own name and will be led by cofounders CEO/president Robert Blink and EVP Jason Goldklang.

Valeant buys Medicis

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Valeant's acquisition of derm specialist Medicis puts fillers Restylane, Dysport and Perlane under the same roof as OTC skincare line CeraVe.

Razorfish Health, Publicis Healthware in merger

Razorfish Health, Publicis Healthware in merger

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Publicis is uniting two of its digital agencies as it seeks to keep the pure-play "e" units competitive.

WorldOne snaps up Sermo

WorldOne snaps up Sermo

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WorldOne has acquired Sermo, adding the physician social network's 130,000-strong physician community to its own global network of 1.7 million healthcare professionals.

Betting on Benlysta, GSK nails down $3.6 billion HGS deal

Betting on Benlysta, GSK nails down $3.6 billion HGS deal

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GlaxoSmithKline is buying Human Genome Sciences for $3.6 billion, giving it full ownership of Benlysta, along with albiglutide and darapladib, after months of M&A intrigue.

BMS and AstraZeneca join the GLP-1 rumble

BMS and AstraZeneca join the GLP-1 rumble

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AstraZeneca is going in on an acquisition of Amylin with its Onglyza partner Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Company news: Roche, Porter Novelli

Roche shutters its Nutley, NJ, R&D site, and Porter Novelli names a new CEO.

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