The acquisition is the latest in a spate of big pharma deals this year as many companies are strengthening their portfolios as old drugs go generic

AbbVie is to buy Pharmacyclics for about $21 billion, giving it access to what is expected to be one of the world’s top-selling cancer drugs and expan(...)

Four candidates have been confirmed to run for president of young farmers’ group Macra na Feirme, as the nomination process closes. Photograph: Macra na Feirme

Four candidates have been confirmed to run for president of young farmers’ group Macra na Feirme, as the nomination process closes. The candidates are(...)

North Kildare Chamber of Commerce, which represents local and multinational companies with a combined workforce of 9,300 people and includes food group Kerry, has found 86 per cent of its members have confidence in the Irish economy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

More than four out of 10 companies in a chamber of commerce whose members include key employers such as microchip maker Intel and food group Kerry ha(...)

Former Elan chief executive Kelly Martin (pictured) and chairman Bob Ingram, who sold the Irish stock market stalwart to Perrigo for $8.6 billion in 2013, will sit on the board of Malin

Malin, an Irish company set up by a number of former Elan executives to invest in privately held life science assets, said it plans to raise between €(...)

Small spaces of time are also good for the kind of work you want to come back to and reflect on, like writing an article or a creative pursuit

We all have 30-minute gaps in our work schedules that we neither planned nor agreed to. We can blame the automated scheduling platforms that companies(...)

Analysts warned that now that the European Central Bank had decided to use its veto on Greek bonds, a solution to the country’s debt crisis had to be found quickly.

A fall in Greek shares, sparked by the European Central Bank’s decision to stop accepting the country’s bonds, held back stock markets yesterday. A(...)

Bottles of AstraZeneca’s Nexium heartburn medication. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

AstraZeneca, the second-largest UK drug maker, said fourth-quarter earnings fell 33 per cent as revenue declined for two of its best-selling drugs and(...)

Pfizer has offered $90 per share in cash for Hospira Photograph: Reuters

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has offered to buy Hospira for about $15 billion (€13bn) to boost its portfolio of generic injectible drugs and biosimilar(...)

Ronan Murphy and Kevin Doherty: Gazel

We eat off it, sleep in it, wear it, sit on it and work with it. When we’re sick it is part of the apparatus of making us well again and it’s impos(...)

Minister for Research and Innovation Damien English: “Absolutely convinced” that investment in research was important for Ireland. Photograph: The Irish Times

Ireland needs to recruit internationally recognised scientific “stars” to help grow our research ecosystem. They help build reputation but also suppor(...)