Monthly Archives: November 2003

It Lives for 29 Years?
A lawsuit filed April 11 in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles has grabbed the attention of the life sciences community. The key parties are three high-profile biotech developers: MedImmune, Genentech and Celltech. MedImmune is challenging the validity and enforceability of an important Genentech patent. Behind that patent, MedImmune charges, is an illegal, anti-competitive agreement that ‘profoundly and fundamentally altered the competitive landscape in the biotechnology industry.’

A survey of strategic licensing practices in the pharmaceutical industry
Alliances often appear to be a relatively cost-effective and rapid answer to fill dwindling pharmaceutical company pipelines; however, studies suggest that over half of all alliances fail to achieve their intended outcomes. This survey has, therefore, been carried out to understand the key strategic and operational challenges associated with the in- and out-licensing process and to provide some insight into improving the situation.