December 15, 2009 10:00 ET

Healthcare M&A Activity on the Rise, More at iiBIG Nashville Conference

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 15, 2009) - iiBIG's Investment and M&A Opportunities in Healthcare conference, scheduled for February 1-2, 2010 at the Nashville Convention Center in Nashville, TN, comes at a peak time with merger activity thriving end-of-year in the healthcare sector despite downturns in the economy at large.

The value and number of healthcare merger and acquisition deals are at an all-time high with healthcare as the one area banks and bond buyers have increased lending activity. 13% of all 2009 deal-closings are in the healthcare sector -- up from 9% annual rate in the previous decade. With the end of the year approaching, healthcare M&A activity continues to thrive with recent news of Celgene's acquisition of Gloucester Pharmaceuticals and La Jolla Pharmaceuticals' merger with Adamis Pharmaceuticals.

Healthcare and mergers and acquisition transaction leaders will converge in Nashville to discuss the road ahead as:

--  Healthcare reform: An update from Washington, D.C.
--  The state of today's healthcare industry and what the future holds
--  The healthcare investment transaction life-cycle
--  Financing the deal: Creative options in the capital markets
--  Venture capital, private equity, and other financial buyers:
    Returning from the sidelines and capitalizing on the business models
    attracting the most attention
--  Strategic buyers: Energizing the healthcare M&A market
--  Medicare reimbursement, due diligence and other Issues in assessing
    acquisition targets
--  Sector Focus: What's hot in the healthcare space
--  A case study on Ambient Healthcare's acquisition of nutritional
    Parenteral Home Care, Inc.

The speaking faculty includes senior-level executives from the U.S. House of Representatives, Nashville Health Care Council, LifePoint Hospitals, Inc., BioMimetic Therapeutics, Inc., Southwind Health Partners, PricewaterhouseCoopers, GE Capital, Center for Medicaid & Medicare Services, Summit Partners, Health Evolution Partners, Charterhouse Group, Inc., River Cities Capital Funds, Bass, Berry & Sims PLC, Alvarez & Marsal, PharmMD, and more.

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