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Is This Really Big Pharma's Next Acquisition?

By Dave Williamson - Apr 2, 2013 at 5:14PM

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Where did all this buyout interest come from?

When shares of Optimer (NASDAQ: OPTR) jumped up in February on the news that it was seeking "strategic alternatives" -- in other words, looking for a buyer -- Motley Fool health-care analyst David Williamson warned that the company's defining drug, Dificid, has had slow sales, and finding a buyer might not be easy. However, in this video, David tells investors about an article in Bloomberg, reporting that both GlaxoSmithKline (GSK 2.20%) and AstraZeneca (AZN 2.59%) may be interested, which has shares of Optimer up 20%. David explores what Optimer has to offer that may or may not make this buyout worth the buyer's while.

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AstraZeneca PLC Stock Quote
AstraZeneca PLC
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$66.21 (2.59%) $1.67
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