Archive for April, 2007

Tell me about your career

I’ve been asked quite a bit recently to talk about my career path. I usually begin my talks by explaining that I don’t think my path is anything to draw best practices from, and add that many of the key opportunities I was able to benefit from are no longer available, but then I encourage […]

Update on the price control power struggle

I previously posted how price controls and compulsory licensing give buyers more power … for a price and Abbott’s spat with Thailand, where they threatened to stop offering any new drugs in the country as a reaction to price controls. The latest developments, however, show that pharma companies do not have the upper hand. Abbott’s […]

Abbott Gets Tough with Thailand

In response to Thailand’s decision to issue compulsory licenses for Kaletra and for Plavix, effectively bypassing their patents by purchasing generic versions from India, Abbott has responded by redusing to launch any new drugs in Thailand. As I discussed in an earlier post, price controls and compulsory licensing give buyers more power … for a […]

Carnival of Biotechnology

Welcome to the April 10, 2007 edition of Carnival of Biotechnology. Finance and business development On Pharma presents a report that tens of thousands of pharma sales reps are suing current and former employers for overtime – $1 billion in settlements could be at stake. H.S. Ayoub presents The Biotech Industry: 30 Years of Failure […]

Write a chapter for my book on Advanced Topics in Biotechnology Business Development

Following up on the success of “Building Biotechnology” (, I’m in the late stages of assembling a more advanced follow-up book featuring articles from industry insiders with deep experience. Join a dozen other industry insiders writing about topics in: – Business Planning – Funding – Valuation – Intellectual Property – Licensing and technology transfer – […]

Drug Patent Expirations in April 2007

Courtesy of Drug Patent Expirations in April 2007*Drugs may be covered by more than one patent Tradename Applicant Generic Name Patent Number Patent Expiration AMBIEN Sanofi Aventis Us zolpidem tartrate 4,382,938 APR 21,2007 AMBIEN CR Sanofi Aventis Us zolpidem tartrate 4,382,938 APR 21,2007 BIDIL Nitromed hydralazine hydrochloride; isosorbide dinitrate 4,868,179 APR 22,2007 DEPAKOTE ER […]

Genentech goes offshore

Genentech is investing $140mm in a new biologic manufacturing plant in Singapore. The first commercial-scale microbial fermentation plant in Singapore, and a significant International investment by US-based Genentech. This is the latest of a number of international manufacturing and R&D centers being located in Singapore, and is a sign of the growing trend of biotechnology […]

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