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EY launched its M&A Firepower report, showing that life sciences mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in 2018 totaled $198 billion USD. According to the report, life sciences companies focused on building therapeutic scale and optimizing their portfolios, and the 2018 market conditions-especially high valuations for target acquisitions-drove dealmaking away from megamergers toward bolt-on acquisitions and divestitures.
Additionally, the uncertain return on investment and the rapid pace of technology change mean life sciences companies will likely prioritize digital alliances in favor of M&A in 2019.
Key findings highlighted in this year’s M&A Firepower report include:
The report identifies a number of key industry trends likely to drive M&A in 2019 and beyond:
Read the full report here.