In one interview published over the weekend, AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot pooh-poohed the idea of Pfizer coming back with another takeover bid. In another, he gave a subtle warning about his company's stated goal of hitting $45 billion in sales within a decade.
Anyone who's watched a Viagra commercial knows that Pfizer isn't too embarrassed to talk about sex. Anyone who's run across Pfizer's "Get Old" campaign knows it doesn't shy away from aging, either. Now, the drug giant is going equal opportunity on the sex-and-aging talk, and "Desperate Housewives" actress Brenda Strong has the dialogue.
Pfizer's business development team is on a spending spree. Today the pharma giant said it is partnering with Miami-based Opko Health on a Phase III long acting growth hormone, paying $295 million upfront and promising up to $275 million more on regulatory milestones.
Pfizer is experimenting with a mobile app to enroll rare disease patients in a study. The trial is comparing the DNA of people with congenital analgesia to unaffected family members.
Everyone who's ever applied for a job fears that recruiters will glance at their resumes and toss them out. Apparently, Pfizer's Swedish operation feared the same thing--and it tossed out the whole process.
Indonesia is one of those emerging markets that has pressured outside companies to produce locally and companies like Pfizer, Merck and Fresenius Kabi have all built or expanded plants there in recent years. But the government, which controls some of the players, is taking steps to improve efficiency in the domestic market, pushing for a merger that ties the manufacturing expertise of one company to the supply chain strength of another.
Look out, Pfizer--the generics are here. On Wednesday, Teva and Mylan both launched versions of the company's arthritis med Celebrex, meaning Pfizer is about to watch the sales decline of yet another blockbuster.
With its designs on AstraZeneca at least temporarily abandoned, Pfizer has set out to create an immuno-oncology portfolio of its own, signing a deal with a Belgian biotech to get its hands on treatments that promise to sharpen the body's anticancer weaponry.
Pfizer is the latest pharma heavyweight to get behind the promise of gene therapy, as the New York drugmaker has laid out plans to set up a dedicated R&D operation and signed a deal with startup Spark Therapeutics to kick-start the effort.
About 1.5 million Americans suffer from familial hypercholesterolemia, an inherited disease that leads to dangerously high cholesterol, and they're likely to be the first targets for a new class of drugs that promise to bring in blockbuster sales.