This column offers a deeper look into especially innovative or entrepreneurial biopharma companies, individuals, or institutions through our special lens — lessons learned, actionable info, benchmarking, best practices, etc.
Always stick with your original goals, even when you reap another, off-the-scale success. Like many biopharma companies, Prometic invented a novel technology platform, initially to make new medicines available to unserved populations.
Can a biopharma company have a soul? If so, the soul should be one that endures. “The biology is the soul of our company,” says Robert Blum, president and CEO of Cytokinetics. “We have pioneered an area of biology — muscle activation — proven to offer a compelling pharmacology.
Why shouldn’t our mitochondria want us to live long, prospering in good health? Why shouldn’t they — as symbiotic microbes turned cellular organelles with their own mini-genomes — carry genes that help ensure our healthful survival?
Clinical challenges lurk all along the pathway for any company developing new vaccine candidates and technology — and that goes at least twice for Novavax. As we go to press with this, the company is dealing with an anxious investment community about the “failed” Phase 3 trial of its RSV F vaccine in older adults, for protection against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). (See “Press-Time Thunder.”)
Lee Jones, the CEO and cofounder of Rebiotix, describes building the company in an “of course, this is how you do it” manner. The larger issue — whether the company’s Microbiota Restoration Therapy (MRT) platform will succeed in a somewhat besieged field — can only be resolved over time. But it will most likely be biology that decides the matter, not the typical lack of clear direction or organization that plagues so many biopharma startups.
Suffocation seldom gets the credit it deserves for causing death in so many conditions — from sleep apnea to heart failure to drug overdose. But if you view the large variety of those cases at a higher resolution, you will see “respiratory failure” as the common final, fatal effect.
I have never seen such a bold and ambitious approach to treating, dare I say healing, one of the worst injuries anybody can sustain — a spinal cord injury. The story of InVivo’s development of a tiny scaffold inserted into the injury site merits attention in “The Enterprisers” both for its ambitious goal and its means for reaching it.
A simple twist of fate is all it takes to knock you off your original track. In the case of the company that would be reborn as Amarantus, it was another company’s bad luck in the clinic that ended its first push for partnering and funding.
What if a company had a technology that could sharply lower CoG (cost of goods) and ensure the highest possible availability and effectiveness of an influenza vaccine — even though the company were a David up against the flu-shot Goliaths? Codagenix believes it is that company.
If a person can be a legend, a company should be a saga. ContraVir contains both dramatic elements — a personal path through Big Pharma to small biopharma and an extended quest through a thick forest of data to find undiscovered treasure among some overlooked compounds.
Does every company developing a drug actually need its own dedicated management team? That question invokes a novel answer from Velocity Pharmaceutical Development: The only nonexpendable asset is the drug itself.
The top management team at Agile Therapeutics reflects an atypical bounty of experience and expertise for a small life sciences company. That was no accident, though it came of necessity following a near calamity. The attributes of the relatively new team proved essential in helping the company survive a key clinical trial setback that might have otherwise derailed it.
Can women leaders be responsible and liked – at the same time? Sophie Kornowski-Bonnet, head of Roche partnering, discusses her approach to overcoming adversity, leading to an interesting discussion on if there are differences beyond gender for male versus female executives.
What’s it take to get to the c-suite of a biopharmaceuticals company? For Sophie Kornowski-Bonnet, it was a willingness to step out of her comfort zone. The current head of Roche partnering and executive committee member, shares her intriguing career path, which began in Paris, France, back in 1986.
Prior to joining Lilly as SVP of clinical and product development, Daniel Skovronsky, M.D., Ph.D. was CEO of Avid Radiopharmaceuticals — a company he founded while still a graduate student. This article is a prequel to the upcoming feature in our November issue that explores how he built a $300 million company.
Merck’s SVP of BD and licensing, Ben Thorner, provides insight into what type of deals to expect at the 36th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference.
Seven tips to get you ready for attending the 36th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference.