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NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 01/21/13 -- Lost revenues from expiring patents has played a major part in the Biotech Industry's success in recent years. A total of 676 takeovers of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies have occurred in the past three years, with an average premium of 38 percent, according to data collected by Bloomberg. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Biotech Industry and provides equity research on Cadence Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: CADX) and ZIOPHARM Oncology Inc. (NASDAQ: ZIOP).
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At the end of the third quarter five of the biggest drug makers in the U.S. held over $70 billion in cash, near cash and short-term investments. Major revenue losses from patent expirations have forced big pharmaceutical companies to look to biotech companies to help fill the void. Pfizer's Lipitor and Bristol-Myers' Plavix, which lost exclusivity in late 2011, had combined annuals revenues of $17 billion at their peaks.
"We're through many cost-cutting programs, restructurings and portfolio arrangements," said Henry Gosebruch, Managing Director, Mergers & Acquisitions J.P. Morgan. "When you put that together with record levels of cash available and improving, but still moderate R&D productivity, we think there will be more big pharma M&A activity in 2013."
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Cadence Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical company focused on acquiring, in-licensing, developing and commercializing proprietary products principally for use in the hospital setting. The company in December terminated its exclusive option to acquire privately-held Incline Therapeutics, Inc.
ZIOPHARM Oncology is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of new cancer therapies. The company's portfolio is comprised of five clinical-stage product candidates in all phases of development, as well as multiple research-stage candidates.
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