Category: General Biotechnology

Top five biotechnology blogs

My article on the top five biotechnology blogs is up at Biotech360. Hope I don’t get too much hatemail over the blogs I didn’t mention; with a limit of five blogs I tried to identify one representative blog for policy, research, IP, marketing, and general innovation.




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Indian biotechnology: Full of promise, challenged by patents

India’s biotechnology industry has the potential to become a major driver of the country’s economy, but is challenged by one vital omission: patent protection. While current patent laws support a strong Indian generic industry, they also impede foreign investment. Without foreign investment India loses trading opportunities, and without a capacity to produce branded drugs India […]




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Drug Patent Expirations in May 2007

Courtesy of DrugPatentWatch.com: Drug Patent Expirations in May 2007*Drugs may be covered by more than one patent Tradename Applicant Generic Name Patent Number Patent Expiration DIPROLENE Schering betamethasone dipropionate 4,775,529 MAY 21,2007 HABITROL Novartis nicotine 5,834,011 MAY 01,2007 OMNISCAN Ge Healthcare gadodiamide 4,687,659 MAY 04,2007 PATANOL Alcon olopatadine hydrochloride 4,923,892 MAY 08,2007 RANEXA Cv Therap […]




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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 […]




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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 […]




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Biotech 360

Coming soon, a new biotechnology magazine from The Scientist called Biotech 360. I’ve been asked to compile a list of the top biotechnology blogs. Want to know who made the cut? You’ll have to wait until May 10th.




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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 […]




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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 […]




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Upcoming Events

I’ll be giving a talk at UC Davis from April 19-20th and UNC Chapel Hill from May 16-17th. If you’re in the area and would like to meet up, drop me a line




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

Following up on the success of “Building Biotechnology” (www.BuildingBiotechnology.com), 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 – […]




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