Category Archives: Big pharma

San Diego Scene: Sanford-Burnham Queuing Up Behind J&J to Launch Incubator

The San Diego biotech industry has been buzzing this week with the grand opening of Johnson and Johnson’s new incubator, Janssen Labs. But already plans for another San Diego incubator are being laid, this time at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research…

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He Said What?!?! Best Biotech Quotes of 2011

As BioWorld Insight readers know, our “Word on the Street” column provides a sample of the most entertaining and thought-provoking quotes our staff stumbles upon each week. Some are gathered during interviews, some gleaned from analyst reports, and some overheard…

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The Good, the Bad and . . . the Huh? A 2011 Biotech Recap

The past year brought the biotech sector a mixed bag of news. Some of it was positive – for instance, the FDA picked up its drug approval pace in 2011 and, in some cases, even surprised the most hardened biotech…

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Medical Progress Is Real

SAN FRANCISCO ‑ I’m enough of a geek that I actually enjoy the details, devil and all, and so I love covering scientific conferences. At the same time, they can be daunting. So much scientific progress is incremental. A case…

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Kudos to Four Little Biotechs Doing Cool Science

I recognize that while a lot of you busy biotech folk subscribe to BioWorld Today, I am probably one of the only people who actually reads every single word of the paper every single day. In doing so, I often…

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It’s Time for Biopharma to Speak Up

Free speech. Most of us take it for granted. Unless you’re a drug company, that is. Since the FDA doesn’t trust biopharma when it comes to drug promotion, the agency believes that, as the watchdog of public health, it’s justified…

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Don’t Price Drugs on What the Market Used to Bear

All those warnings about price pressures and reimbursement woes – they didn’t come from Chicken Little. The sky really could be falling for drugmakers that insist on pricing their products based on what the market used to bear. Rather than…

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#BIO2011: Meeeeemories Light the Corners of My Mind

OK, I officially promise never to quote Barbra’s songs again . . .but, with the 2011 BIO International Convention just a mere three weeks ago – it seems like a distant memory for some of us and a blur for…

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In the Eye of the Beholder

Placebos clearly have an effect on patient’s subjective feelings of illness. Many a rueful drug developer, especially of antidepressants, can attest to that. But whether they have a physical effect has not been studied. Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical…

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BioClichés Run Amuck: Avoid These at #BIO2011!

With #BIO2011 just four days away, attendees and speakers alike are cramming stacks of business cards in brief cases and debating whether or not to wear the good looking shoes or the comfortable ones. The BioWorld team will gather en…

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