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How to Survive the Patent Cliff: Eli Lilly’s CEO at the BIO CEO & Investor Conference

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Like a number of companies, Eli Lilly is confronting a wave of patent expirations called the patent cliff. The company lost U.S. patent protection on the anti-psychotic Zyprexa in the fall of 2011 and they’re facing the losses of the antidepressant Cymbalta in December of 2013 and the osteoporosis drug Evista in 2014. The loss of protection endangers the company’s ability to profit from the drugs and they could face a $25 billion loss in Read More >

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Celgene CEO on New Multiple Myeloma Drug Approvals

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Following on the heels of two big announcements in February, Celgene CEO Robert Hugin (one of FierceBiotech’s most influential people in biopharma) participated in a fireside chat with Joel Sendek, managing director and biotechnology analyst at Stifel Nicolaus & Company, at the 15th Annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference in New York. First, on Friday, February 8, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Celgene’s drug Pomalyst for patients with multiple myeloma whose disease has Read More >

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Beantown Biotech: ‘Dominant Life Sciences Cluster’

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Massachusetts’ Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, Greg Bialecki, was quoted in today’s Boston Herald as saying: “We are the dominant life sciences cluster in the world,” Greg Bialecki said, “and I don’t think that was an accident.” Thanks to the Gov. Deval Patrick administration’s support for bioscience economic development, his state has continued to grow and add biotech industry jobs as an economic engine. Boston’s  biopharm industry is comprised of more than 500 companies Read More >

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Virginia Bio Announces New Executive Leadership

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The Virginia Biotechnology Association (Virginia Bio), the premier statewide non-profit trade association for life science industries, has named its interim executive director to the full-time position of chief executive officer. With an extensive background in the law and non-profit sectors as well as the life sciences, Jeffrey Gallagher brings leadership and policy expertise to his newly defined role, where he will be responsible for developing and executing the association’s strategic plans, prioritizing the organization’s areas Read More >

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A Start-Up Model Worthy of Consideration

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Biotech LLCs are getting a lot of attention lately, and perhaps rightfully so. The Wall Street Journal’s Brian Gormley recently talked to Albert L. Sokol, a partner with Edwards Wildman Palmer, about the two venture-backed biotechs – Forma Therapeutics and Viamet Pharmaceuticals – that he helped convert to LLCs. In the WSJ article – Biotech Start-Ups See Benefits from Changing Structure, Lawyer Says – Sokol describes the benefits to start-ups and their venture investors, as Read More >

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