Europe is nearing the end of its summer holiday season, and investors and biotech companies are idling, reviewing events from the past year and fine-tuning plans for the coming months.

The first half of 2001 saw some interesting deals. There was Bayer’s $1.5 billion alliance with Curagen to discover new metabolic targets, and Merck’s acquisition of the bioinformatics company Rosetta, which cost $600 million at a 100 percent premium that reflected the enormous strategic value of bio  IT.

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