On Sunday, May 18, the British pharmaceutical giant rejected Pfizer’s $119 billion offer, potentially saving research posts at the La Jolla facility.
“Pfizer has a history of shutting down facilities,” said Raghuran Selvaraju, an analyst with Aegis Capital. “They don't thin down head count; they shut down an entire facility and pick up their stakes and move away.”
AstraZeneca recently rejected Pfizer’s previous cash and stock offer of $106 billion.
Pfizer's 25-acre La Jolla campus, on Science Center Drive near the I-5 and Sorrento Valley Highway intersection, includes five buildings totaling more than 500,000 square feet. The company spent $5.7 billion on research and development in 2013, down from $7.48 billion in 2012.
Pfizer would not disclose how many people work at the La Jolla facilities or other U.S. research centers.