Articles By Rob Wright, Chief Editor

3 Can’t Miss Educational Sessions At BIO 2017
3 Can’t Miss Educational Sessions At BIO 2017 As we get closer to one of our industry’s biggest annual gatherings, the BIO International 2017 Convention in San Diego, June 19 – 22, I have begun to pin down my schedule for which educational sessions I plan to attend. For me, this has always been a challenge, as BIO has so much great educational content. And with many of the educational sessions overlapping, I find I have to pick and choose where I want to be, often with at least...  Continue Reading...
  • Biopharmaceutical Industry CEO Of The Year — An Update
    Biopharmaceutical Industry CEO Of The Year — An Update

    On April 25, 2017, I posted a blog asking the question, Who Is The Biopharmaceutical CEO Of The Year. In the blog, I included a link to a short survey. Our goal was twofold: see if there was enough interest in continuing to pursue such an award, and generate an initial list of names that would be in contention. Thus far, 10 names have been submitted via dozens of submissions, but it’s too early for us to make any decisions or conclusions based on such a small amount of data.  

  • Purdue’s SVP Of R&D Talks Opioid Abuse, New Pain Treatments
    Purdue’s SVP Of R&D Talks Opioid Abuse, New Pain Treatments

    Alan Dunton, M.D., joined Purdue Pharma as the SVP of R&D back in November 2015. An executive with over 33 years of discovery and development experience, he has been responsible for the approval of more than 20 prescription and OTC products. But now he faces a new challenge. Purdue Pharma is a company whose name has become synonymous with pain management.

  • How Zoetis Built Its Own Corporate Culture
    How Zoetis Built Its Own Corporate Culture

    In 2012, Pfizer announced a big decision — It was spinning off its $4 billion animal health business. Life Science Leader will explore the difficult task of such an undertaking in our June 2017 issue. And while the article, How Pfizer And Zoetis Launched One Of The Most Successful Spinoffs — Ever, discusses a lot of the important business decisions that were made, one thing not covered in great detail was the opportunity for Zoetis to build a corporate culture of its own.

  • Biopharma Innovation — Value At Any Price?
    Biopharma Innovation — Value At Any Price?

    In March I attended The Conference Forum’s R&D Leadership Summit. One of the panels that provided a great deal of insight involved executives discussing how to assess and create value for patients, payors, regulators, and society. This event employs the Chatham House Rule, which means “Neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.” Despite not being able to reveal that info, I still think the ideas that were shared will prove valuable.

  • The Rocky Journey To Refocusing BioMarin
    The Rocky Journey To Refocusing BioMarin

    Recognized today as one of the world’s most-innovative companies, BioMarin was a far cry from that 12 years ago when Jean-Jacques Bienaimé took over.

  • Journey To The Corporate Boardroom
    Journey To The Corporate Boardroom

    If you have never served on a corporate board, you might be curious as to what it all entails. Thanks to BioBreak and Drexel University, Life Science Leader undertook the development of a three-part series of articles titled “Journey To The Corporate Boardroom.”

  • Do You See A Trend In Life Science Leader?

    Having Jean-Jacques (J.J.) Bienaimé, chairman and CEO of BioMarin Pharmaceutical, on our cover this month represents a recent trend happening at our magazine — we’re interviewing more and more CEOs and presidents.

  • 6 Industry Icons Weigh In On Internal Rate Of Return For Biopharma R&D
    6 Industry Icons Weigh In On Internal Rate Of Return For Biopharma R&D

    In the July 2017, Life Science Leader magazine we will be publishing the article — Balancing Biopharma’s Bright Future Against Its Tarnished Image — 6 Retired CEOs Share Insights For Today’s Industry Leaders. The story features six former CEOs: Mike Bonney (Cubist); Hank McKinnell, Ph.D., (Pfizer); Francois Nader, M.D., (NPS Pharmaceuticals); David Pyott (Allergan); Stephen Sherwin, M.D., (Cell Genesys); and Henri Termeer (Genzyme).

  • Are You Ready For BIO 2017 In San Diego?
    Are You Ready For BIO 2017 In San Diego?

    With the BIO International 2017 Convention being just seven weeks away, your preparations as an attendee should be well underway. But until they arrive on-site, many people often overlook deciding what educational sessions to attend. And while BIO attendees can afford to take such an approach, speakers certainly cannot. As the past BIO educational planning co-chair, I can attest that a lot of work goes into pulling off a high-quality educational session at BIO. Consider the following example.

Rob Wright

Rob Wright



Rob Wright is the chief editor of Life Science Leader magazine. Prior to joining the publication, he spent nearly 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry. During his industry career, Wright conducted well over 1,000 presentations and roundtable discussions, including the facilitation of FDA-mandated clinical training programs for hundreds of licensed healthcare providers. He has chaired, co-chaired, moderated, and served as a speaker at industry and academic conferences and is the past co-chair for the 2015 BIO International conference educational planning committee. Wright’s 100+ published articles have appeared in peer-reviewed academic journals, B2B magazines and online publications. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, MBA with distinction from Gannon University, and completed his doctoral coursework in marketing at Cleveland State University. He is a member of international business honor societies Sigma Beta Delta and Beta Gamma Sigma.