Biotechnological mergers and acquisitions: Features, trends and new dynamics

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    Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to analyze the phenomenon of mergers and acquisition (M&A) in high-tech sectors with a special focus on biotechnological firms. Recent years have witnessed an impressive wave of M&As, but these operations, despite their popularity, have produced mixed results for their stakeholders and presented no systemic vision. Design/methodology/approach – The paper is descriptive and the result of a secondary data-based research. Methodologically founded on the works of Rossi et al. (2011, 2013) and following an extensive literature review on M&A processes in high-tech sectors, the paper analyzes the dynamics, trends and attributes biotechnological M&As. Findings – The biotechnology sector, over the economically turbulent past few years, faced a distinct difficulty in attracting significant investor capital. Traditional pharmaceutical companies with sufficient cash from their existing sales but facing a dried-out product and patent pipeline have acquired innovative, but cash-poor biotech firms. The findings indicate that the trends in the biotech industry make consolidation in this sector inevitable. For acquiring firms, therefore, it will be necessary to realize a rigorous process of strategic target identification, due diligence and unified post-merger integration as the only way to create a sustainable shareholder value and high firm performance. Research limitations/implications – The limitations of the paper are a consequence of its very nature, i.e. the fact that it is a descriptive, secondary data-based research. Further, empirical research is therefore necessary to test the findings, to refine the contextual parameters involved and to prescribe target-specific action. Originality/value – The value of the paper stems from its definition of the link between the biotech industry attributes andM&Aactivities, consequently offering a valuable theoretical basis for empirical development and practical application, as well as a context for prescribed actions and processes.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)91-109
    Number of pages19
    JournalJournal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2015


    • Biotech industry
    • Innovation
    • Knowledge management
    • M&A activities
    • Mergers and acquisitions
    • Pharmaceutical industry


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