Roche to continue focusing on small-scale acquisitions

Roche (OTCQX:RHHBY) plans to continue its strategy of focusing on smaller acquisitions and partnerships rather than the big M&A deals that have been spreading across the healthcare industry.

"We're sticking to our previous strategy. This includes targeted, small acquisitions and partnerships like the ones we have carried out in recent months," says CEO Severin Schwan. "We have to weigh up internal and external opportunities. It can't be that we have to put important internal opportunities on ice because of too-expensive acquisitions."

The company has acquired a few small diagnostic companies this year including the recent purchase of Seragon Pharmaceuticals and Genia Technologies.

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  • Shekhar Mandrekar
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    Roche has been always strategically focused ... this move is a step forward on convergence of technologies for developing better healthcare solutions
    20 Jul 2014, 04:58 PM Reply Like
  • ellaruth
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    Thanks for the comment. Astra Zeneca acquired MedImmune, like Roche did Genentech to provide an successful R&D paradigm within the company. Roche's acquisition of Genentech has worked very well, while Astra Zeneca's with MedImmune is still trying to birth blockbusters.


    This might be one of the reasons Astra Zeneca did not want to merge with Pfizer, who seems to basically want to take a classic MBA acquisition approach of chopping massive number of employees of the acquired company and integrating there products, services and perhaps pipeline into their existing company. Roche buys innovation!


    I believe that Roche and Pfizer are looking at Cellceutix (OTCQB:CTIX), however I believe the Roche will win because of what you and I have said.
    21 Jul 2014, 06:41 AM Reply Like
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