Life Science Leader Blogs

  1. Living With Pricing

    Life Science Leader Launches a Search for Common Ground

  2. BIO Still Delivers

    If the BIO International Convention did nothing but assemble the 16,000 people who came to this year’s meeting in San Francisco, simply giving them a space to talk, that alone would be a great achievement.

  3. 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 been a big fan of BIO, this year’s event made me wonder: Is BIO too big to be effective? After all, the event boasts having 7 product zones, 18 educational tracks, 6 super sessions, 2 keynotes, and 3 fireside chats. That doesn’t even include the roughly 4,000 companies represented at the event, 1,800 of which typically exhibit.

  4. 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 past resulted in ideas that forever changed the world. For example, Malcom McLean was the founder of a trucking company.

  5. Biosimilars Event Chairperson Not What I Expected

    Although I’ve rarely traveled to shows since we launched Life Science Leader in 2009, I’m not unfamiliar with fulfilling this duty as an editor; I did it for six years prior to focusing exclusively on LSL. Still, there was one element of World Biosimilar Congress that seemed foreign to me — the role of the chairperson Richard DiCicco.

  6. 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. “I’ve always had a strong regard for authority and was very willing to follow instructions, trusting that people in charge must know best.”

  7. 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 presentation of just the WOTY award; the honorable mentor of the year and the strategic transformation achievement recognition (STAR) award are announced, and there is a presentation of a group of some 100 Rising Stars and Luminaries.

  8. 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 unseen results.

  9. Your BIO Convention 2016 Planning Guide

    Having begun my preparations for the upcoming BIO 2016 International Convention, June 6 – 9 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, I thought I would share some insights to help with your planning. First, in case you weren’t aware, the Moscone Center consists of three separate buildings: Moscone Center West, North, and South (see map here). While this might not seem like a big deal, if you plan on attending some of the educational sessions, a little preplanning could prevent you from missing something important (e.g., the Monday June 6, Welcome Reception at the Exploratorium at Pier 15).

  10. Tackling Rising Healthcare Costs Requires Less Talk And More Action

    Last October when we asked industry thought leaders, “What would be hot for 2016” (see our December 2015 issue), drug pricing was one topic consistently mentioned. Probably not much of a surprise considering the mass media’s fascination with portraying former Turing CEO Martin Shkreli as being everything that’s bad with biopharma.