Category Archives: Pharmaceutical

World’s Oldest Clinical Trial . . . and Health Economics Not Far Behind

How old is our clinical trial system? The first randomized clinical trial was conducted in 1946. British epidemiologist Sir Austin Bradford Hill used randomization to test a pertussis vaccine and a tuberculosis treatment. But according to an article in the…

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Welcome to BioWorld.com 14.0

Raise your hand if you remember receiving BioWorld Today via that curly fax paper. Seems like ages ago, right? We used a “fax blaster” in those early days – more than 20 years ago – to deliver your daily dose…

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Reason Free from Passion? That’s Not Biotech

SAN FRANCISCO ‑ At this week’s BIO Investor Forum in San Francisco, there was talk of how the biotech industry has squandered money, paying for infrastructure when it should have been paying only for development and continuing to fund programs…

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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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What do Macroeconomics, Creativity and Upfront Payments Have in Common?

What do macroeconomics, creativity and upfront payments have in common? They’re all featured in this week’s issue of BioWorld Insight! I’m going to put on my long-discarded marketing hat for a minute and say I think we put together a…

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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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Truth in Congressional Labeling

S. 990 was signed into law last week. At first glance, it looks like it extends the life of Small Business Administration programs that are near and dear to the bottom line of many small biotechs. But somewhere along its…

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Biotech’s Emerging Giant

While attending the China track at this year’s J.P. Morgan conference in January I sat next to a gentleman who was smiling as he scanned the jam-packed penthouse meeting room. Shooting him a questioning glance, he responded with “last year…

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Can’t We Just Die Anymore?

Everyone loved my grandmother. That’s why they were rather relieved to hear she had died. My grandmother spritely went about her business against the grain of at least six diseases and with the help of four surgeries, six prescription drugs…

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