Novartis is forging ahead with a prospective stem cell biotech buyout, agreeing to pay $35 million to grab a sizable equity stake in Gamida Cell while executing a short term option deal that will allow the pharma giant the right to gobble up the company for another $600 million split up between a $165 million upfront payout with the rest up for grabs in development and sales milestones.
Novartis' on-again, off-again deal to buy out Israeli stem cell therapy developer Gamida Cell is reportedly back on again--though the pharma giant has apparently renegotiated the old $600 million pact to include a smaller upfront buy-in and one of its favored option agreements.
Why do cancer drugs cost so much? We all know the stock answer--because companies need to recoup their development costs. Whether we believe it is something else, as Peter Bach of the Center for Health Policy and Outcomes writes in Forbes.
Biosimilars promise huge potential, with estimates for this decade running from $35 billion to $200 billion and growing exponentially from there. And of course the U.S., being the world's largest pharma market, presents the greatest potential, once someone breaks in and acceptance can be judged.
Novartis has failed again to convince a federal judge to boot a Department of Justice kickbacks case against it that claims the Swiss drugmaker showered pharmacies with discounts and rebates to boost sales of two drugs.
In recent years it's been the big biotechs in the U.S. which have registered approvals for the drugs most likely to succeed on the market. But in reviewing EvaluatePharma's recent picks for top Phase III drugs, it's interesting to see some prominent positions among the Big Pharma crowd. Read the full report >>
In the pharma business, you're only as good as your next big blockbuster. And in Novartis' case, the next big cardio blockbuster--LCZ696--looks very good, indeed.
When Novartis put a closure target on its plant in Suffern, NY, it indicated that it might go as far as to strip out the equipment, raze the buildings and sell empty land. But the 160-acre campus is now officially on the block and being brokered as a great buy for the right drug manufacturer.
Let the negotiations begin. After pushing back on the price of Novartis' meningitis B vaccine, Bexsero, the U.K. is coming to the table with the Swiss drugmaker to see if it can haggle down the cost to its health system.
Facing its second scandal in as many months, Novartis' Japanese unit has issued an apology for failing to disclose side effects of its drugs Tasigna and Gleevec, which are used to treat leukemia.