Is This Really Big Pharma's Next Acquisition?


When shares of Optimer 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 and AstraZeneca 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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