Newly minted biopharma billionaire Liu Dianbo has added to his fortune while burnishing his rep as one of the top biotech drug developers in China. His company, Luye Pharma Group, acquired a 58% stake in Beijing Jialin Pharma Pharmaceutical for close to $600 million, beefing up its pipeline of cardiovascular drugs while expanding its product lineup.
China's pharma corruption crackdown hasn't helped multinationals' top lines, which only recently began returning to normal after taking a hit last fall. But it may be opening up an opportunity for domestic drugmakers and their owners--like new Billionaire Club member Liu Dian Bo--to make a splash.
Medtronic has tied its long-term growth to three pillars: strong U.S. sales, double-digit growth in emerging markets and Covidien. But last quarter, the medical device giant didn't deliver on emerging market revenue growth as it encountered difficulties with distributors in India and China. It expects to return to double-digit gains in both countries this fiscal year.
Global med tech companies could soon face mounting competition in China, as the country's top health authority is calling for a new set of initiatives to promote homegrown products and jumpstart the domestic industry.
Chinese medical device maker Mindray is seeing slower sales at home but hopes a focus on private hospitals in China will help turn that around. The company reduced its 2014 guidance, but investors were forgiving and pushed shares up 3% in early trading on second-quarter earnings.
China finally has a verdict on the husband-wife investigator team linked to GlaxoSmithKline's bribery scandal: U.K. citizen Peter Humphrey is headed for 2.5 years behind bars, and his American wife, Yu Yingzeng, will get 2 years, Pharmafile reports.
Quintiles has signed a deal with a Roche diagnostics subsidiary to offer cancer screenings in China, looking to capitalize on the growing market for clinical trials in the country.
Ventana and Quintiles are partnering up to provide companion diagnostic testing services in China for early clinical trials. China is among a few countries that requires patient samples used in clinical trials to be tested domestically for inclusion in the country's approval process.
On Friday, 19-year-old Harvey Humphrey visited his parents, the husband-and-wife team of private detectives who did investigative work for GlaxoSmithKline's disgraced China office, for the first time since they were detained by Chinese police last summer. The family saga painfully illustrates the potential pitfalls of doing business in China.
The British company said Thursday that it had received an email containing allegations from a whistleblower pertaining to bribes paid by GSK's consumer healthcare operation in Syria before it was shut down amidst the country's civil war in 2012.