Category Archives: Europe

CMOs Take a Hit as Payers Refuse to Cover New Drugs

By Jim Miller. The value of the customer relationship to a CMO is a function of two variables: unit volume and price per unit. Both variables are contentious issues: bio/pharmaceutical companies are putting enormous pressure on their CMOs for lower prices, while their inability to deliver forecasted volumes often means lost revenues for CMOs as […]
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Strong IP Plans Essential for UK Life Sciences Clusters

By John Dean, Withers & Rogers LLP. Life sciences and biotech research clusters across the UK, including those linked to university research departments are benefiting from an improved funding climate and ongoing consolidation in the pharmaceutical sector. However, as big pharma companies increasingly vie for the best spin-out investment opportunities, those with strategic intellectual property […]
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Value-Based Assessment in the UK: The Patient View

By Leela Barham. Patients are influential in the UK when it comes to access to medicines: their individual stories are highlighted in the media and the groups that represent them are credited with major policies. For example, the Rarer Cancer Foundation (RCF) has been credited in large part with the introduction of the Cancer Drugs […]
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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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EMA Delays Adoption of Policy on Publishing Trial Data

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has postponed formal adoption of the policy on publication of clinical trial data. An EMA press statement said that “[f]urther clarifications on wording and practical arrangements will be discussed by Board members”, whose additional contributions will now be considered with a view to reaching final agreement at the Management Board meeting on 2 October. […]
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