Author Archives: Michael Harris

Life Isn’t as Sweet as it May Seem in Biotech’s C-Suites

Biotechnology is an idiosyncratic industry in which some executives can stake their careers on the pursuit of orphan drugs that, at best, will offer only limited opportunity for corporate profits and investors returns, while addressing the usually unmet needs of…

Share

Is it Better to Forgive and Pharm-merge?

Aug. 5 was International Forgiveness Day, and the founding organization of this annual effort, Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance (WFA), says in its mission statement that a goal is to promote and publicize the research findings that show forgiveness creates better health,…

Share

The Pharm-eleon is Shedding its Pharma-saurus Skin Again

If the big pharmas are indeed dinosaurs, they have learned to do what their predecessors could not: survive! Pharma may be prehistoric in terms of age compared to biotech, but it maneuvers more like a velociraptor than lumbering brontosaurus, as…

Share

BIO-Buzzwords Won’t Die, So We May as Well Evolve Them

For BIO 2011, BioWorld published a list of overused BioCliches to shun, and I was pleased to observe that attendees and speakers must’ve taken notice and avoided using them at BIO 2012 this year. However, since the urge to use…

Share

Michael’s Personal BIO 2012 Wrap-Up

Day One: The wait is over! I leap off the bus and race the other lively stepping attendees to the registration corridor, exchanging pleasantries with everyone I pass. My first-day euphoria high carries me though five sessions, over three miles…

Share

A Nightmare on BIO 2012 Exhibition Street

BOSTON ‑ After crisscrossing the exhibition hall and three Boston zip codes yesterday for my citywide BIO 2012 reception scavenger hunt and finding a belly full of German sausages, Chinese dim sum, French pastries, Japanese sake and Irish whiskey to…

Share

Fathers, Stop Being Such . . . Men!

June is not only for Father’s Day greetings; it is also Men’s Health Month. And if any gender needs an aide memoire to engender the self-awareness to regard and conduct its health, it would be men! I acknowledge there are…

Share

Mamma Mia! It’s Biopharma Season!

“Hey kids, let’s put on a show!” That was a famous line from the 1937 Broadway musical, Babes in Arms, shouted to exhort the old gang to take action to save the orphanage. As the theater market just put on…

Share

What Drug Problem?

Pop quiz . . . which market is valued higher, illegal drugs or prescription drugs? Although drug lords and cartels are not apt to file annual reports, the United Nations estimates that 5 percent of the global population now takes…

Share

Big Pharma’s Vanishing Act

It wasn’t exactly love at first sight back in 1976 when Genentech Inc. became of legal age to go forth and incorporate, but the platonic relationship between biotech and pharma has increasingly mellowed over the ensuing 36 years into an…

Share