Life science leader executive editor blog
BIO Shines In San Francisco
This year, the BIO Investor Forum (#BIF16) in San Francisco enjoyed its largest turnout ever, basked in the light and warmth of a dynamic industry that may not solve all of the world’s problems, but shines upon us, a salubrious star. Will the industry’s star shine upon everyone, or leave most of humanity in the shadows? Continue Reading..
IO: Science Still Drives The Business
How much science does a business person need to know? In this industry, the more the better. Without at least an excellent layperson’s understanding of the company’s scientific underpinnings, a life science executive will remain vulnerable to the greatest of all hazards in managing the business — today’s news. Continue Reading..
An Absent Life Science Blogger’s Backstory
Alas, I am a specialized ignoramus, or dilettante; aka, a journalist. To ask even the most basic questions about the series topic — generally, new therapeutic approaches to neurodegenerative diseases — I first put myself through a veritable college course on the subject, reading and rereading through a tall (cyber) pile of related scientific, medical, and commercial literature. And yet, it is not the unseen labor I regret, but the... Continue Reading..
Write Thinking — Biopharma At the Turn of the Year
Writing is reinforced thinking. It is a stronger, more constructive way of moving through the thought world. Because I am a trade journalist covering the life science industry, all of those things tend to appear to me in industry terms. Take the drug-pricing debate, for example. Continue Reading..
Startups & Outsourcing — Opposite Poles or Virtual Partners?
Let’s face it, finding the money often captures all but a few crumbs of the typical startup CEO’s attention. Laser-sharp illustrations in the company’s dog-and-pony show may present its scientific platform with convincing clarity and purpose, but traditionally, investment conferences have not been a place where the dollar-hungry startup talks about the infrastructure it must build or hire to turn its science into a medical... Continue Reading..
Reliving the Past, Shaping the Future of Cancer Therapy
What prompted this reverie was a news item on AZ’s new “crowdsourcing” approach to cancer-drug treatment. The report uncritically hailed the program as a veritable revolution... Continue Reading..
Was It the Weather? — Why Biotech Came from California
Could climate have played as big a role as science and capital in the origins of the biotechnology industry? The question is about beginning: did this brand new industry need that extra push of a beneficent clime to overcome the unlikelihood of such a business ever being born? Continue Reading..