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 Global Pharma Has $700B For M&A And Investments – From AI To Obesity Drugs

Goldman Sachs research suggests the global pharmaceutical sector has approximately $700 billion available for M&A and investments

Goldman Sachs compiled research suggesting the global pharmaceutical sector has approximately $700 billion available for M&A and investments.

This significant financial reserve will be crucial as patents for some of the industry’s blockbuster drugs are on the expiration cliff.

“The pharmaceutical industry is experiencing strong interest in M&A due to anticipated revenue erosion of approximately $200 billion by the end of the decade,” said the  Goldman Sachs research.

The latest examples include Astellas Pharma Inc. acquiring American firm Iveric Bio Inc. for $5.9 billion, Pfizer Inc. proposing a $43 billion acquisition acquisition of Seagen Inc, GSK plc agreeing to acquire BELLUS Health Inc for $ 2 billion, and Merck & Co Inc. announcing to acquire Prometheus Biosciences Inc for $10.8 billion.

Obesity drugs are generating significant investor enthusiasm, with forecasts suggesting a total addressable market exceeding $100billion.

Promising developments in Alzheimer’s, gene therapy, and other therapeutic modalities were discussed at the conference, indicating substantial innovation and scientific progress in these areas.

The healthcare sector had a challenging start to 2023, recording one of the worst first-half performances in three decades. Factors contributing to this include regulatory & growth concerns, macroeconomic rotations, and investor preference for large-cap technology stocks. Sentiment within the sector remains cautious.

Illustration: Pfizer Inc., in Suqian, Jiangsu Province, China, on January 29, 2023.  As one of the Global Pharmaceutical Companies mentioned in the report, Pfizer Inc. proposing a $43 billion acquisition of Seagen Inc. CFOTO/FUTURE PUBLISHING VIA GETTY IMAGES.

The application of AI and machine learning in healthcare remains an area of interest. Companies are witnessing the positive impact of these technologies on their businesses.

“Despite the general caution, there are pockets of optimism. Management teams across various healthcare verticals reported strong Q2 procedure volumes, and in the investor survey, medical devices were identified as the most likely area to outperform,” said the report.

Consumer-facing healthcare segments also demonstrated positivity, with robust demand and continued patient traffic recovery. The biopharma sector shows promise with promising innovation trends.

“Policy and regulatory uncertainties emerged as a key concern in several presentations. The Inflation Reduction Act and its impact on drug pricing created various uncertain outcomes,” said the report. 

Post-pandemic normalization trends continue to pose challenges for life sciences, tools, and managed care companies, which were beneficiaries during the pandemic.

© 2023 Zenger Zenger News does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.

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Edited by Judy J. Rotich and Newsdesk Manager

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