The West Lafayette biotech firm's stock traded as low as $1.41 last fall, following multiple setbacks and restructurings. But the stock had soared to $24 Thursday morning after news that it would be acquired by Novartis.
The company, which employs more than 3,000 on the northeast side, has been struggling on the diabetes side of its business. To bounce back, it is investing heavily in diagnostics, and is working to commercialize several products it hopes will be game-changers.
The American Medical Association recently called on regulators to monitor competition among the three drugmakers who control the market—Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co., Denmark-based Novo Nordisk and Paris-based Sanofi.
After decades of being starved of innovative treatments for serious conditions like cancer, diabetes and kidney disease, China’s 1.4 billion people are becoming a prime target for Eli Lilly and other pharmaceutical companies.