Archive for 2007

Biotechnology in Turkey

My recent presentation at the “Biotechnology for Turkey” conference has been posted online. My central thesis was that the challenges faced by Turkey (and most any other location) are shared by many states within the United States. I’ve heard too many people opine for the seemingly easy start-up environment in the United States. The reality […]


FDA Enforcement Trends: 2007-2008

Guest content from John Avellanet, managing director of Cerulean Associates: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) intends to increase regulatory enforcement, extending the recent trend of laboratory and clinical site inspections to unapproved drugs and reformulations. How can you avoid compliance trouble? At the Food and Drug Law Institute’s 5th Annual Enforcement and Litigation […]


Drug Patent Expirations in December 2007

Courtesy of DrugPatentWatch.com: Drug Patent Expirations in December 2007*Drugs may be covered by multiple patents Tradename Applicant Generic Name Patent Number Patent Expiration DOVONEX Leo Pharm calcipotriene 4,866,048 DEC 29,2007 FASLODEX Astrazeneca fulvestrant 4,659,516 DEC 11,2007 KYTRIL Roche granisetron hydrochloride 4,886,808 DEC 20,2007 KYTRIL Roche granisetron hydrochloride 4,886,808 DEC 29,2007 MERIDIA Abbott sibutramine hydrochloride 4,746,680 […]


Rethink PCR

Bio-Rad’s got an interesting website up: RethinkPCR. The company’s name isn’t posted on the front page, but is readily available in the contest terms and conditions and privacy policy. It’s an interesting strategy to acquire consumer intelligence. Of course, consumers don’t always ask for what they want — they tend to ask for incremental improvements […]


Drug Patent Expirations in November 2007

Courtesy of DrugPatentWatch.com: Drug Patent Expirations in November 2007*Drugs may be covered by more than one patent Tradename Applicant Generic Name Patent Number Patent Expiration ANDRODERM Watson Labs testosterone 4,849,224 NOV 12,2007 ANDRODERM Watson Labs testosterone 4,983,395 NOV 12,2007 AVITA Mylan Bertek tretinoin 4,971,800 NOV 20,2007 COMTAN Orion entacapone 4,963,590 NOV 27,2007 ELOCON Schering mometasone […]


Happy 25th, Humulin

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the FDA’s approval of the first drug produced by biotechnology, Genentech’s Humulin. I often use Humulin as a case study for biotechnology, because Genentech’s bacterial-fermentation approach to making insulin was revolutionary compared to the previous methods of harvesting insulin from pig pancreas. Thanks for OpenMarket for reminding me of […]


Exubera: The road to hell is paved with good intentions

I’ve been waiting to write up the Exubera story for the next edition of Building Biotechnology, and the story just keeps getting better. Exubera is was Pfizer’s innovative answer to the diabetes drug market. The market is so saturated with competitive products, that the only way to capture significant market share is to innovate. Either […]


Biotech for Turkey

I’ll be speaking at the Biotech for Turkey conference in Istanbul on November 7th. This conference, convened by Bosfor Biotech Partners, will cover global biotechnology strategies and developments in Turkey. For more details, contact Bosfor Biotech at the URL above or browse the conference schedule: Biotech for Turkey