Archive for 2009

Pfizer's Power on Individualized Medicine

In these videos Pfizer’s Vice President and Global Head of Molecular Medicine, Aidan Power, talk about a future where everyone’s genome is sequenced and drug prescriptions are based on your genetic makeup, and argues that personalized medicine will be the defining paradigm for discovering and developing drugs of the future. To put these videos into […]


Introducing DCbiotech — High-level networking in the nation's capital

DCbiotech is a high-level networking group based in Washington DC. The objective is to bring together individuals working in, or serving, the biotechnology sector in Washington DC. For more information, please visit http://www.DCbiotech.com . The first meeting is scheduled for September 15th. Full details and the RSVP form are available here.


Drug Patent Expirations in September 2009

Courtesy of DrugPatentWatch.com: Drug Patent Expirations in September 2009 *Drugs may be covered by multiple patents Tradename Applicant Generic Name Patent Number Patent Expiration FARESTON Gtx Inc toremifene citrate 4,696,949 Sep 29, 2009 FELBATOL Meda Pharms felbamate 4,978,680 Sep 26, 2009 FELBATOL Meda Pharms felbamate 5,082,861 Sep 26, 2009 GLUCOTROL XL Pfizer glipizide 5,024,843 Sep […]


Jim Greenwood on Data Exclusivity and Healthcare Innovation

Biotechnology Industry Organization CEO Jim Greenwood appeared on CNBC’s SquawkBox defending the case for data exclusivity protection for novel biologic drugs. The video appears below. Interestingly, he used the Aspirin vs. Epogen comparison from my book, Building Biotechnology, when he was explaining the difference between small molecule and biologic drugs to members of congress.


The impact of the global financial crisis on biotechnology development

My most recent editorial in the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology, “The impact of the global financial crisis on biotechnology development,” examines the response of governments around the world to their investments in biotechnology and healthcare innovation. It is a theme that I also raised in the Scientific American WorldVIEW. The bottom line is: despite economic […]


Naturally Obsessed: The Making of a Scientist

Guest content from Naturally Obsessed Naturally Obsessed: The Making of a Scientist A documentary about careers in science “So what is it that you actually do, Dr. Rifkind?” (groan, groan) It didn’t matter if the question was from my accountant, my dinner party companion or my cousin Minnie, I was never able to give an […]


Journal of Commercial Biotechnology — July 2009 issue now available

The July 2009 issue of the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology is now available. The links below will take you to the abstract for each paper: Volume 15, Issue 3 Editorial The impact of the global financial crisis on biotechnology development PDF Yali Friedman Commentary Can genetic engineering prevent food-poisoning? PDF Henry Miller Articles Bottom line […]