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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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Virginia is for (Science) Lovers

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In Albemarle County, Virginia, the public school division is debuting a Health and Medical Sciences Academy this fall. Public high school students throughout the county will apply for a four-year program with a curricular concentration on skill sets that will serve state and national needs in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and research industries. In the following guest blog post, Dr. Pamela R. Moran, Superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools, discusses this innovative program and offers insight Read More >

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Reviewing the drug class of 2011

The drug class of 2011 was larger than the past few graduating classes. We count over 30 new “innovative” drugs found among the list of FDA approvals last year. This is in contrast to the 20-something range of the past few years. On the list are some clear breakthrough treatments and a few glimpses of “the future of biotech”. The specific drugs are listed further below, but first a big picture view: Ten of the approvals were for biologics, Read More >

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Venture Capital increases in 2011, but…

The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) has released their 4Q 2011 numbers for biotech venture financing in the US. The report echoes the global numbers already out from BioCentury and BioWorld – a boost in investment for 2011. The take away, however, is not the total amount, but 1) the drop in the total number of biotech deals, and 2) the drop in start-up, early-stage deals from 2010. The total number of deals near 447 was down Read More >

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Sizing up the NBI in 2011

How did the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index (NBI) perform in 2011 relative to other sectors? Second place. Not so bad considering 2011 was the year of defense in the stock market. Like a page out of a textbook on defensive market plays, utilities edged out ahead with a +15% gain, followed by consumer staples with 11%. The NBI squeezed in between at 12%, just above the overall healthcare sector. Overall, the S&P500 was flat for the Read More >

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