Updated on 16 December 2015
Overall pharmaceutical deal values remained between USD110 billion and USD160 billion from 2010 to 2014
Singapore: With the average cost of getting a novel drug to market at almost $2.5 billion, and few products achieving blockbuster status, deal-making is becoming increasingly vital for pharmaceutical companies to offset rising Research and Development (R&D) costs, highlights business intelligence provider GBI Research.
The report states that pharmaceutical companies are considering various strategies to overcome the current challenges, which also include shifts in patent laws and the struggling global economy, with deal-making the foremost method of boosting short-term revenues.
Priyatham Salimadugu, analyst, GBI Research, commented that deal activity can help pharma firms to enhance their research and regulatory approaches, and can aid portfolio expansion and diversification, geographic expansion, entry into niche markets, commercialization, and sales.
Salimadugu explains, "Small companies that primarily carry out research, development and production activities are looking towards entering into agreements with key industry leaders. They are seeking to utilize their strengths in terms of commercialization expertise and global presence in order to boost their revenues.
The analyst adds that the shift from small molecules to large molecules, such as antibodies and proteins, has created new opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry, leading to increasing deal numbers.