Author Archives: William Looney

Pharm Exec's 2014 Dealmakers Outlook

After fading to dreary summer stock for the past few years, dealmaking is today back to center stage, but with the major roles reversed— small biotech, yesterday’s understudy, now gets top billing, while big Pharma has to work harder for its close-up. Pharm Exec brought partner Campbell Alliance and a select group of West Coast […]
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BIO 2014 Takeaway: The Peace Dividend

A surprising take away from the BIO International Convention in San Diego last month is the stark contrast between cooperative industry engagement and an unstable geopolitical order marked by xenophobia, drift and active, often violent government disengagement from the hard work of building common ground. While BIO held 29,000 partnering meetings over four days, convened […]
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Takeda's New Vaccines Division Charts Course to Global Growth

Today’s vaccines business represents an almost perfect world for big Pharma. There is a vast landscape of unmet medical need; lots of new science; longer product life cycles, with low exposure to post-patent generic competition; greater stability in pricing and supply commitments; more cost-effective manufacturing and delivery technologies; and the reputational gains that come from […]
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FDA’s Patient Outreach: Finding Ties that Bind

Is the FDA doing enough to incorporate the patient perspective in the drug review process? This was the key question considered at a panel of regulatory experts held at last month’s annual BIO International Convention in San Diego. The consensus: while FDA deserves high marks for effort, both in reconciling the diversity of patient organization […]
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The Long Tail: Behind This Year's Pharm Exec 50

Therapeutic specialization, competitive differentiation, and a finely-tailored value proposition are creating a new drug world of bespoke market niches—and infinite future possibilities for the best of this year’s Pharma 50. The vigorous return of M&A activity to biopharmaceuticals this year brings us back to the question that industry strategists have been posing for years: is […]
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