Leading countries in life sciences sector M&As 2019

The United States led the mergers and acquisitions market in the life sciences sector in 2019. Life sciences companies based in the United States made 537 acquisitions, and there were 480 deals involving the purchase of target companies headquartered in the United States. China established itself as the second-largest market for life sciences mergers and acquisitions.

Mergers and acquisitions are shaping the life sciences industry

There were approximately 2,000 global deals announced in the life sciences mergers and acquisitions market in 2019, which was a decrease of 832 deals on the previous year. However, the estimated value of those deals increased from 296 billion U.S. dollars in 2018 to 362 billion U.S. dollars in 2019. Disclosed values were announced for 1,063 mergers and acquisitions, and large-scale transactions continued to dominate the life sciences market – the overall value of the ten largest announced deals was approximately 250 billion U.S. dollars.

What are the life sciences?

Life sciences are the branches of science that deal with the research and study of living organisms, such as animals, plants, and human beings. The sector is composed of companies that focus on core segments, including pharmaceutical products, medical technology, and biotechnology. Companies that develop branded pharmaceuticals are increasingly using mergers and acquisitions as a way of limiting the impact of falling revenues when key patents expire and generics enter the market. AbbVie – the company that manufacturers the blockbuster drug Humira – acquired competitor Allergan for approximately 63 billion U.S. dollars in 2019.

Leading countries in global life sciences mergers and acquisitions based on deal number in 2019*

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Release date

October 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

as of October 2019

Supplementary notes

Life sciences include: medicinal chemicals and botanical products; pharmaceutical preparations; in-vitro and in-vivo diagnostics; biotechnology, biological products, except diagnostic substances; pharmaceutical wholesale; medical devices and diagnostics; plant sciences.

* Includes M&A deals for Q1-Q3 2019.

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