Stephen Simpson, CFA
Long only, growth at reasonable price, value, research analyst

With An Iffy Non-Oncology Pipeline, Roche Pays Up For InterMune

Roche (OTCQX:RHHBY) does a lot of things well. It is one of the largest players in oncology and markets three of the top ten best-selling drugs in the world. It also has a strong diagnostics business and a deep immuno-oncology platform. What Roche has not done so well, though, is develop new drugs outside of oncology, with notable recent failures in cardiology, diabetes, and CNS disease. Given those failures, and perhaps seeing an opportunity to leverage existing efforts in pulmonary/respiratory disease, Roche has stepped up with an expensive bid for InterMune (NASDAQ:ITMN).

Roche Finally Makes Its Move

Even though Roche has been somewhat active on the M&A front (recently acquiring Genia and Sergaon), Roche has remained...

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