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BMS & AstraZeneca Club Together For Amylin Acquisition

July 2012 | Industry Trend Analysis

BMI View: Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) has paid a lot for Amylin and its GLP-1 products, the deal makes sense for BMS and its diabetes ally AstraZeneca, but the prevailing risks stem from the increasing level of competition within the GLP-1 arena. Acquired Amylin may have got to market first with an extended-release, once-weekly diabetes drug, but will soon face competition from rival once-weeklies from Novo Nordisk, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Sanofi and Amylin's ex-partner Eli Lilly. The BMS/AstraZeneca's diabetes alliance makes this deal more financially agreeable for BMS and may have allowed it to out bid other competitors.

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