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BIO CEO Company Snapshot: ImmunoGen, Inc.

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In the latest Company Snapshot for the 2012 BIO CEO & Investor Conference in New York City, we’re profiling ImmunoGen, Inc. which will be presenting at the event. We spoke with ImmunoGen, Inc. CEO Daniel Junius and he outlined his organization’s priorities and challenges as well as how his company differentiates themselves from the competition. Company Snapshot What are the short-term and long-term priorities for your company? Our highest priority today is building and advancing our pipeline Read More >

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Is the Polio Vaccine an Anti-Patent Success Story?

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By Hans Sauer, Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property, Biotechnology Industry Organization Question from a Reader: Heather: Whether Jonas Salk believed in patenting research or not isn’t important, at least not to me. What I do find important, and hadn’t realized until reading this article, is that the polio vaccine was extremely successful despite the fact that it wasn’t patented. That sounds like an interesting story because it goes against the current dogma of ‘we won’t Read More >

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Managing in a Cost-Constrained Environment

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By Jill E. Sackman, D.V.M., Ph.D., Senior Consultant, and Matt Levy, J.D., Business Analyst, at Numerof & Associates, Inc. (NAI) The pharmaceutical industry has entered a critical period of transition. Business models that have proven remarkably successful over the past 20 years are now encountering major challenges. As biotech companies grapple with the leading symptoms of these challenges – pricing pressures, pipeline productivity concerns, a growing public distrust, and greater political and regulatory scrutiny – Read More >

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Let’s Get PDUFA V Approved, Fast

Marc Boutin

By Marc Boutin, JD, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, National Health Council At this time of the year, it can be helpful to reflect on the past to guide us in the future. I was recently reading an editorial about the National Health Council (NHC) printed in January 1957 – 37 years after the organization’s creation. It spoke about the need for action with “an unprecedented degree of cooperation among health agencies and Read More >

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Biopharma Industry Enthusiastic About 2012

Eric Langer

By Eric S. Langer, president and managing partner, BioPlan Associates, Inc. 2012 Annual Study shows budgets, optimism taking a big jump It looks like the biopharma industry is actually weathering the economic downturn quite comfortably. This year we’ve surveyed hundreds of biomanufacturers and suppliers, and the industry is expressing more raw optimism and confidence than at any time in the past 9 years we’ve been surveying this industry. More Spending What this means is that wallets Read More >

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