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Lessons from Biotech: Tweaking the Imperfections

An increasing number of small biotech companies are being hatched to focus on a single disease or condition. The strategy goes against the diversified portfolio approach most big pharma companies have embraced, and instead puts all the eggs in one basket. Dart Therapeutics—one such company—has taken on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a disease found in […]
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FT Healthcare Conference: Society as Stakeholder

Speakers at the 2nd annual Financial Times US Healthcare and Life Sciences conference in New York last week discussed the cost of health, and the implications of an increasingly vocal and influential stakeholder group: the local populace. After opening remarks from Andrew Jack, FT’s prolific pharmaceuticals correspondent, Pfizer CEO Ian Read took the stage at […]
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Sanofi's Aubagio to Square Off Against MS Injectables

The most obvious competitors for Sanofi’s Aubagio, the second oral multiple sclerosis (MS) drug to receive FDA approval, would appear to be Novartis’ Gilenya, and Biogen Idec’s hotly anticipated BG-12, which has a PDUFA date scheduled for December 28. Both Gilenya and BG-12 are administered orally as opposed to injected, but execs at Genzyme – […]
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Dare to Compare: Genzyme Bets on MS

Riding positive data on a late-phase multiple sclerosis drug, Genzyme execs talked up the company’s willingness to go head-to-head against Rebif, EMD Serono and Pfizer’s blockbuster beta interferon. Genzyme execs didn’t go so far as to reiterate former CEO Henri Termeer’s 2010 prediction of $3 billion plus in potential sales for Lemtrada (alemtuzumab), but they […]
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Fabry Disease Drug Shortage: Crisis Averted But No Long-Term Fix

By Amy Ritter. A critical drug that has experienced shortages is Genzyme’s Fabrazyme (agalsidase beta), the only enzyme replacement therapy approved in the US for Fabry disease. The drug was originally produced at the company’s Allston, Massachusetts plant. The Allston plant was plagued with quality problems, which resulted in a consent decree, temporary closure of […]
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