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What I Found Enlightening About ISPE’s Annual Meeting
What I Found Enlightening About ISPE’s Annual Meeting Have you ever attended a meeting and gotten the sense of being enlightened during someone’s presentation? I recently had such an experience at the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) annual meeting and expo in Atlanta, GA. But it was neither where I expected it, nor whom I expected it from (e.g.,, keynote speakers). Don’t get me wrong, Joseph Jimenez, Dr. Stephan Grupp, M.D., Ph.D., Nicole Pierson, and Fleming ...  Continue Reading...
Beyond IPOs: Alternative Funding Options For Biotech Startups
Beyond IPOs: Alternative Funding Options For Biotech Startups “While it is great when Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, and Goldman are fighting to take your company public, sometimes, given the investment environment, you have to play in a ‘less elegant’ part of the finance swimming pool (e.g., Form 10s and reverse mergers).” This statement by Aftab Kherani, M.D., a partner at Aisling Capital, was made in response to the question, “What are some of the more innovative ways companies ...  Continue Reading...
Can A Better Patient Experience Lead To A Better Patient Outcome?
Can A Better Patient Experience Lead To A Better Patient Outcome? My colleague, Ed Miseta, chief editor of Clinical Leader, recently asked, “Can Better Patient Experiences Lead To Better Medicines?” via an article he developed from an interview with Thomas Goetz, cofounder of Iodine, a digital health company. According to Miseta, Goetz is attempting to turn patient experiences into better medicines and is combining data and design to help patients locate the best treatments based on preferences,...  Continue Reading...
Rare Situation Results In Free Insights From GSK’s Global Vaccine President
Rare Situation Results In Free Insights From GSK’s Global Vaccine President When conducting interviews my natural curiosity can result in a surplus of interesting content that often doesn’t fit with the overall theme of the final published article. When situations like these happen, I often proactively create articles for an online section called — From The Cutting Room Floor. One of my favorite examples of a cutting room floor article being able to provide valuable insight came from an interview with George ...  Continue Reading...
Will Cupping Be The Next Big Health Fad?
Will Cupping Be The Next Big Health Fad? As I sat down to write this blog, I was struck by the idea of why certain things become popular or gain legitimacy. Malcolm Gladwell describes the magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold and begins to spread like wildfire in his book, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. Still, it seems rare to witness such an event actually taking place and even more difficult to predict these...  Continue Reading...
A Commentary On Biopharma’s Current Boston Fixation
A Commentary On Biopharma’s Current Boston Fixation Merck recently announced its plans to lay off R&D workers at three East Coast sites; a move that will supposedly affect less than 10 percent of discovery, preclinical, and early development employees in Kenilworth and Rahway, N.J., and North Wales, PA.  Continue Reading...
Is BIO’s Annual Meeting Too Big?
Is BIO’s Annual Meeting Too Big? As a past BIO educational planning committee co-chair, I am well aware of the amount of effort that goes into the successful planning one of our industry’s biggest gatherings — BIO International’s Annual Convention. Typically drawing more than 15,000 attendees from nearly every U.S. state and over 65 countries, this year’s event took place June 6 – 9 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. And while I have always...  Continue Reading...
Who Will Move Biopharma Beyond The Cutting Edge At BIO 2016?
Who Will Move Biopharma Beyond The Cutting Edge At BIO 2016? When you think of companies that revolutionized the way business is done, it is important to consider the attributes of their founders. Often they had gained life experience from working in businesses best be described as tangential to those they eventually disrupted. As a result, these “outsiders” not only brought a different perspective toward tackling problems in these industries, their wisdom to do things differently than in the...  Continue Reading...
How HBA’s Woman Of The Year Became A Successful Leader
How HBA’s Woman Of The Year Became A Successful Leader As Jennifer Cook strides across the stage at the Hilton New York Midtown, it is difficult to envision the 2016 Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association’s (HBA) Woman of the Year (WOTY) as being anything but extremely confident. But during her acceptance speech, the Roche executive paints a very different portrait of her early self. “When I was growing up, I was shy, very studious, and quite frankly, insecure,” she admits.  Continue Reading...
Are You Ready For HBA WOTY 2016?
Are You Ready For HBA WOTY 2016? On Thursday, May 12, the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) will host its 27th annual Woman of the Year (WOTY) at the Hilton New York Midtown. The celebration draws over 2,000 women and men from throughout the healthcare industry and showcases the HBA’s core purpose of furthering the advancement and impact of women in the business of healthcare. For those who have never attended, the ceremony involves much more than the...  Continue Reading...