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Deals of the Week: Is Astex Settling For An Underpriced Buyout?

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A new life sciences hedge fund operated by two former associates of activist investor Carl Icahn is challenging Otsuka’s takeover of cancer drug developer Astex. Also, Johnson & Johnson’s London Innovation Center announced four alliances, Celgene took another option on one of its investments and Takeda teamed up with New York research institutions to form a new discovery institute.

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