Category Archives: Biotechnology

Ebola is raging like a wildfire

Testifying in a joint Senate committee hearing on Ebola this week, the CDC’s Beth Bell compared the epidemic spreading through West Africa with a forest fire. She stressed that any ember left undetected could quickly flare up and re-ignite the…

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Mystic moldy pizza: Food for thought from Allicense 2014

SAN FRANCISCO – When talking trends in biopharma there’s no shortage of metaphors – Tuesday’s health care debate, for example, went for the timely baseball terms, referencing singles and home runs – or oft-overused industry buzzwords, of which the recent…

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An Asia Strategy is Not Optional

“If you plan to be around five or 10 years from now, you have to have a Chinese strategy.” That poignant comment in a BioWorld Today article came from Joshua Boger in 2011. The founder and former CEO of Vertex…

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A $100B Market Cap: Now That’s a Big Deal for Biotech

Remember the heady days about eight years ago when Amgen Inc. and Genentech Inc., prior to its acquisition by Basel, Switzerland-based Roche AG, both vied for top spot in terms of market capitalization? At that time, both companies briefly commanded…

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Bubbleology and Biotech’s Bull Run

Our recent analysis of biotech’s second quarter performance showed, for public biotech companies at least, their bull run that began more than 18 months ago is showing no signs of slowing down. Since the beginning of 2012 the Nasdaq Biotechnology…

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Oh, Give it Iressa! Nope: ‘Bad Pharma’ Firms Need to Tell More

So urgently did I think I wanted to read Ben Goldacre’s Bad Pharma, that I ordered it from Amazon’s UK site last November, unwilling to wait for U.S. publication – which happened just as I reached the end, polishing off…

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BioWorld’s 6th Annual Holiday Gift Guide

It’s that time of year, when some thoughts turn to sugar plum fairies and others to the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference – or JPM#13 as it’s now widely known. Before you pop the cork on another New Year, however, it’s…

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FDA’s Confusing Action Against Burzynski – What Does it Really Mean?

Last month the FDA’s Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP) issued a warning letter to the Burzynski Research Institute Inc. and the Burzynski Clinic regarding claims made for its antineoplastons A10 and AS2-1 injections that violate the Federal Food, Drug,…

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The Times They Are A-Changin’

Kudos to the folks at Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) for selecting the industry’s “hot button” issues for panel discussions at the annual BIO Investor Forum (BIF) just concluded in San Francisco. In years past it has been my experience that…

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What Global Financial Crisis? Capital Markets Back Biotechs

It is that time of year again when we take the pulse of the industry at the close of the third quarter. Overall we find that it is performing well, more so for public biotechs than private ones. Despite the…

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