Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Pivotal Role the Public Market Plays in Financing R&D


Growing innovators are the heart of our industry. Biotech small businesses face a dual struggle – the daily challenge of running a growing company combined with the roadblocks intrinsic to groundbreaking scientific advancement. Innovative companies must overcome capital formation barriers in order to fund their next generation R&D.  The financing challenges that emerging biotechs face are unique, but we have the potential to save lives and treat patients in desperate need of hope. Today, I Read More >

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Nationwide Track and Trace System is Urgently Needed

Jim Greenwood

Today’s pharmaceutical distribution supply chain is governed largely by a patchwork of state laws and regulations that allows criminals to enter markets with the lowest safety requirements to inject counterfeit, unsafe, and potentially lethal products into the national supply chain. The state-by-state system is both onerous and ineffective, and the risk it poses to public health from counterfeiters can no longer be ignored. In a recent opinion piece for Roll Call, I write that: “Congress Read More >

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Forecasted Sales Growth of Top Therapeutic Areas: Anti-Coagulants to Outpace

Although oncology has the largest market share in the therapeutics business, anti-coagulant products are expected to grow at the fastest rate among the top 15 therapeutic categories, according to a new report from EvaluatePharma. Below is a chart of future growth rates based on data from their “World Preview 2013, Outlook to 2018” report. Their data is based on analyst estimates for marketed and pipeline drugs globally. Following the anti-coagulants are oncology and diabetes drugs Read More >

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R&D – Slow Growth Continues

According to a new report from EvaluatePharma, global pharmaceutical R&D had negative growth in 2012 and is expected to only grow at a snail’s pace over the next five years. As seen in the chart below, industry spending on R&D actually started contracting in 2009 and has been on a new, slower trajectory ever since. To create the chart above, we combined numbers in the new report with previous EvaluatePharma reports for 2000-2004. From the start of the 2000s Read More >

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BIO Joins Alliance for Fair Trade with India


BIO recently joined the Alliance for Fair Trade with India along with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, Solar Energy Industries Association, and others. The new Alliance website states: Over the last year, policymakers and courts in India have engaged in a persistent pattern of discrimination that is hurting a wide range of manufacturing and services industries and jobs in the United States. India has recently mandated domestic content rules that Read More >

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