Author Archives: Julian Upton

Emerging Pharma Leaders: Ian Harris, Janssen Research & Development

When he left school, Ian Harris wanted a career in brewing. He enrolled on a biochemistry degree with the intention of going on to study a master’s in brewing at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK. But after spending, as part of his first degree, a year in the pharmacutical industry developing in vitro disease models for dermatology […]
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EMA Invites Comments on Good Biomarker Practice

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has released a consultation on good genomics biomarker practices. The outcome of the consultation will inform a guideline, which will set criteria to underpin the generation of robust clinical genomic datasets throughout a medicine’s lifecycle,  the choice of genomic techniques and biomarkers, the impact on the relevant study design, and the […]
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UK Strengthens Drive to Tackle Dementia

The UK government pledged late last year that it would double funding for dementia research by 2025 (from £66m [US$112m] in 2015 to £122m [US$207m]), but today Prime Minister David Cameron spoke on the subject again in light of expert warnings that little progress is being made. At the first legacy event of the G8 […]
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NICE in Conflict-of-Interest Controversy

They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. The row in the UK over NICE’s call to doctors to increase the use of statins looked to be good example of this handy aphorism. That was until things took a potentially darker turn.
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Pfizer’s AZ Bid Draws Mixed UK Reaction

The confirmation of Pfizer’s bid for an outright acquisition of AstraZeneca has drawn mixed reactions from the UK. Linda McCulloch of Britain’s biggest union, Unite, said the bid is “very worrying for the UK workforce”, adding that it is “absolutely crucial” that there should be “guarantees of no jobs losses and for the protection on the UK’s […]
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