Category Archives: Biologic

It’s How You Look at the Vial

What’s in a biosimilar name? That depends on whether the vial is half empty or half full. Seeing it as half full, many generic makers focus on the similarities between a follow-on and its reference biologic. Because of those similarities,…

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Omontys Recall Rings Alarm Over Biosimilars

Despite what the New York Times and its echoers have said, makers of innovative biologics have legitimate reason to sound alarms about automatic substitution of biosimilars that have not proven their interchangeability – and it’s not just because of the…

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Don’t Call Them Generics!

When the FDA’s Rachel Sherman said the biggest challenge the agency faces with biosimilars is educating the public, she wasn’t exaggerating. An article in the New York Times shows just how big of a challenge it’s going to be. The…

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Biosimilars are Changing the Global Game

I recently took a few months off from daily deadlines to explore the evolving world of biosimilars for the newest BioWorld Data report, The Biosimilars Game: A Scorecard for Opportunities, Threats and Critical Strategies. It was quite an eye-opening adventure….

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Venter, Watson Warm Up for Clash of the Titans

DUBLIN ‑ Europe’s biggest scientific carnival is pitching its tent beside the River Liffey this week. Dublin is playing host to the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) 2012 meeting and, thereby, assumes the mantle of Europe’s City of Science for the…

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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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Extra! Extra! Leukemia Treatment Purposely Misses Holy Grail!

This week’s report of remissions in three advanced leukemia patients after immunotherapy has generated quite a lot of excitement in the media – which, in turn, has led to some backlash amongst the twitterati and in the blogosphere, noting that…

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The Scariest Thing about Dendreon’s Implosion

As a biotech junkie, I’ll admit I was shocked to the core by Dendreon Corp.’s second-quarter admission that prostate cancer vaccine Provenge (Sipuleucel-T) is thus far not succeeding commercially. (See BioWorld’s news bulletin for details.) The most shocking part? Analyst…

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