(By David Lopez)
The 37th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference kicked-off on Jan. 7 with a bang as Eli Lilly and Company (LLY) announced that it would acquire Loxo Oncology (LOXO) for $8 billion. Loxo Oncology will provide Eli Lilly with access to several cutting-edge cancer fighting drugs including those that inhibit oncogenic drivers in cancer. Eli Lilly purchased Loxo at a premium of about 68% or $235-per-share.
The deal is the second largest biotech acquisition since the start of the new year. The first being Bristol Myers Squibb Co’s (BMY) acquisition of Celgene Corp. (CELG) for $74 billion, which was announced on Jan. 3.