SOURCE: Paragon Financial Limited

Paragon Financial Limited

April 24, 2012 08:20 ET

Pharmaceutical Companies Look to Biotech Industry to Combat Losses from Expiring Patents

The Paragon Report Provides Stock Research on Achillion Pharmaceuticals and Keryx Biopharmaceuticals

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Apr 24, 2012) - Mergers and Acquisitions have been a hot topic in the Biotechnology Industry recently. Pharmaceutical giants face an unprecedented number of patent expirations for its pharmaceutical products between 2009 and 2013. It is apparent that pharmaceutical companies have begun to make strategic decisions to combat the anticipated losses. The Paragon Report examines investing opportunities in the Biotechnology Industry and provides equity research on Achillion Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ACHN) and Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: KERX).

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According to a recent report by Dealogic, pharmaceutical deals totaled $18.5 billion globally this year, an increase of 5% from the same period last year. As larger companies continue to reduce spending on research and development they continue to look at smaller biotech companies to diversify their product lines. Mergers & Acquisitions allows bigger companies to acquire products and technologies that are already proven in the market place, avoiding the many risks associated with research and development.

On Thursday Biotechnology Company Human Genome Sciences rejected a $2.59 billion takeover bid from GlaxoSmithKline. The announcement comes just a day after Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche announced that it was abandoning its bid for U.S. biotech firm Illumina.

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Achillion is an innovative pharmaceutical company dedicated to bringing important new treatments to patients with infectious disease. Achillion's proven discovery and development teams have advanced multiple product candidates with novel mechanisms of action. Achillion is focused on solutions for the most challenging problems in infectious disease including hepatitis C and resistant bacterial infections.

Keryx Biopharmaceuticals recently announced today that its Japanese partner, Japan Tobacco Inc. (JT) and Torii Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Torii), has announced positive top-line results from a Phase 3 study of ferric citrate in Japan for the treatment of hyperphosphatemia in end-stage renal disease patients on hemodialysis. This study is part of an ongoing Phase 3 program for ferric citrate in Japan for the treatment of hyperphosphatemia.

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