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Homologous thinking

While the success of the merger of Versicor Inc. and Biosearch Italia S.p.A. will play out over time, based on what's known today it looks like a template for small biotech M&A. The deal makes sense from the conventional angles - a shared disease focus and increased shots on goal. But unlike many biotech deals, the merger is not being done out of weakness, and it will create operating economies from more than the elimination of redundancies.

Far too many life science M&A transactions are done out of weakness, in which one or both of the companies lack either cash or pipeline depth or both, and claims

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