- The biopharmaceutical company Gilead just struck a $5.1 billion partnership with the Belgian biotech Galapagos that helps boost its pipeline of experimental drugs.
- The deal dates back to a casual meeting in January, with six months of negotiations following under the codename “Project Eagles,” Gilead exec Andrew Dickinson told Business Insider.
- The agreement was finalized the night of a big party held to celebrate Galapagos’s 20th anniversary, he said.
- In an age of pharma mega-deals, such a big-ticket partnership is relatively unusual — and it was difficult to execute, Dickinson told us.
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