Carnival of Biotechnology
Welcome to the second August 2007 edition of Carnival of Biotechnology.
The Wall Street Journal has an article on Novartis’ lost patent case in India, where a patent on an improved version of Glivec (sold as Gleevec in the U.S.) was rejected for not being sufficiently improved to warrant protection. This sets a dangerous precedent for the use of evergreening strategies in India, and may potentially spread to other markets.
Pharmalot profiles a report from PriceWaterhouseCoopers projecting that Asia will become the new center of gravity in drug developing, with everything from R&D to manufacturing being relocated to Asian shores.
The Wall Street Journal has a case study of Genzyme’s problems getting approval to make Myozyme, a treatment for Pompe disease, in large batches. These regulatory problems underscore the challenges of manufacturing biologic drugs.
That concludes this edition.
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