BIO/PHARMA WEEKLY NEWS (10/21/19 – 10/25/19)

Let’s narrow down to five pieces of news this week. One for each day. Biogen Resurrects Aducanumab, Arguing Expanded Data Set Supports FDA Filing in Alzheimer’s (FierceBiotech) Biogen hit headline in March when they halted both Phase 3 trials EMERGE and ENGAGE; This week, their news on reviving the once-abandoned drug aducanumab was on front…

BIO/PHARMA WEEKLY NEWS (10/12/2019 – 10/18/2019)

What headlines caught your attention this week? ❖❖❖ Innovations ❖❖❖ Pfizer Posts Detailed Phase 3 Data on Its Dupixent Rival (Fierce Biotech) Pfizer’s JAK1 inhibitor—acrocitinib is a potential challenge to Sanofi and Regeneron’s atopic dermatitis drug Dupixent. In their previous Phase 3 trial, 43.8% of subjects treated with acrocitinib showed clear or almost clear skin, compared with…

Pitch Perfect, Scientifically!

Imagine your science worked perfectly fine, now what? You realize the tough work has just begun because you need $$$$! You were given five minutes to encapsulate your scientific innovation, market analysis, product competitive advantage, and the credibility of your team. And another five minutes to answer questions (sometimes unforeseen) from the investors. How would…

360-Degree View of the Scientific News

We are warned not just listen to one side of the story. The same advice applies when you digest the biotech news. This August, Adamas made headline because its drug Gocovri gained the FDA’s first approval to treat levodopa-induced dyskinesia, an involuntary movement disorder occurred in 90% of the levodopa-treated Parkinson patients. Do you think…

“Print Life on Mars” Prequel

We all agree that a smarter way of manufacturing is urgently needed to keep up with the rapid growth in the biotech industry. This Nature Biotechnology article took us for a ride to not-too-far-in-the-future, on-demand, small-scale, automated manufacturing of biologics. The scientists at the Synthetic Genomics named this invention digital-to-biological converter (DBC). Interestingly when I…

Debunking Fake Science News

In entertaining industry, scientists are often portrayed as eccentric, awkward, or evil characters, for instance, Frankenstein, Dr. Sheldon Cooper in “the Big Bang Theory,” and Walter White from “Breaking Bad.” In reality, the situation is not much brighter. Scientists’ work in health care, food industry, and academia was sometimes attacked by hostile skepticism. Here I…