BioCommerce Week Index companies spent at least $13 billion on 13 M&A deals during the first half of 2006 (see table) — compared with at least $2 billion on 13 deals in last year's first half. But the size and expected upshot of a couple of these transactions on the broader life sciences market are expected to push others to follow suit.

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