Q4-2017 CRO Update– The overall contract research market pulled back a bit in the fourth quarter of 2017. As many of the industry giants spent most of 2017 making large acquisitions, the final months saw mid-sized players make aggressive moves to broaden service lines.
Q1-2017 CRO Update– The first quarter of 2017 experienced the same high valuations and favorable market fundamentals in the contract research space that were observed in 2016. Factors driving merger and acquisition activity include a robust pharma pipeline, a growing proportion of drugs under development attributed to smaller pharmaceutical companies, and an increased focus on the development of biologics and biosimilars.
Provident Perspectives– In this Provident Perspective, we will discuss our thoughts on the main trends driving the contract research industry. Through discussions with industry executives, private equity groups, and proprietary research, we have established a list of eight definitive insights into the space and how they are affecting the current M&A marketplace.
Transaction Advisory – Willow Laboratories announced today that it has been acquired by Ampersand Capital Partners. Willow is one of the country’s leading clinical and forensic toxicology laboratories providing urine, hair and saliva testing services to a wide range of healthcare providers including treatment centers, physician practices and other laboratories.