Archive for 2009

Biotech protesters and the economic crisis

Where are the biotechnology protesters? I’ve enjoyed the conversations I’ve had with biotechnology protest organizers in the past. They are noticably absent from this year’s Biotechnology Industry Organization conference in Atlanta. One must ask the question: Have they lost their interest in representing their views at the conference, or is there a connection to the […]


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Scientific American WorldVIEW: Measuring Global Biotechnology Innovation

After months of preparation, the Scientific American worldVIEW project has launched. I had the pleasure of serving as lead editorial consultant of this project, and my mission was to cut through the marketing messages and develop a coherent measure of biotechnology innovation on a country-by-country basis. You can hear me talk about the project and […]


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VC's don't read business plans; So, what to do?

A recent UMD study has found that VCs pay little attention ot the content of business plans.This is not much of a surprise. I’m generally bearish on business plans, but I do recognize their important role. Having written several business plans and having successfully competed in business plan competitions, I’ve recognized that many of the […]


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VC’s don’t read business plans; So, what to do?

A recent UMD study has found that VCs pay little attention ot the content of business plans.This is not much of a surprise. I’m generally bearish on business plans, but I do recognize their important role. Having written several business plans and having successfully competed in business plan competitions, I’ve recognized that many of the […]


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Measuring Global Biotechnology

I’ve got two appearances at BIO related to the Scientific American worldView project: On May 18th I’ll be participating in a press conference at 1pm in room A340 On May 20th I’ll be participating in a roundtable at 3:30 in Thomas B. Murphy Ballroom I, Bldg. B, Level 5. Hope to see you all there!


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Creative Destruction in Biotechnology

For all the talk of the numerous biotechnology companies with mere months of cash left and the predictions of looming liquidations, mergers, and acquisitions, it is important to note that a measure of destruction can benefit industry progress. Economy Joseph Schumpeter coined a term for industrial progress through destruction: creative destruction. In this process, growth […]


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Assessing India's Innovation Climate

In 2005 India mostly strengthened their patent laws to meet international norms, with the distinct requirement that new drug products must “differ significantly in properties with regard to efficacy.” This requirement for a significant improvement in efficacy only applies to drugs — not to other patentable inventions like pens, car engines, etc., and is of […]


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Assessing India’s Innovation Climate

In 2005 India mostly strengthened their patent laws to meet international norms, with the distinct requirement that new drug products must “differ significantly in properties with regard to efficacy.” This requirement for a significant improvement in efficacy only applies to drugs — not to other patentable inventions like pens, car engines, etc., and is of […]


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An Overview of the Biopharmaceutical Landscape Ahead

John Avellanet, a frequent contributor to this blog, is giving a talk for my biotechnology management class at the NIH next week. He’s posted his slides and some background readings on his web site at http://www.ceruleanllc.com/NIH/. These materials will only be available until April 25th, so hurry on over and read them.


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