The Companies to Watch column spotlights small, entrepreneurial biopharma companies that are developing their own products (not just a platform) with little or no press coverage to date, and offering an interesting story involving useful business lessons.
AmpliPhi Biosciences is pushing bacteriophage-therapy development for drug-resistant infections — not to replace, but possibly to augment antibiotics.
We check in with the companies we profiled from this section in 2017 to see what has changed … if anything.
This month’s Company To Watch is 10-person Zavante, which is challenging drug resistance with a retooled antibiotic and a broad mechanism of action.
Bridging to commercialization of women’s reproductive health products — starting with a novel contraceptive.
With 24 employees, Paris-based Abivax is in Phase 2 clinical development of its lead drug candidate, which is a potential functional cure for HIV infection. It has also recently spawned an early clinical program in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Madrigal Pharmaceuticals is taking on NASH and other liver diseases by targeting the thyroid hormone beta receptor. The company expects to begin seeing top line Phase 2 trial results in late 2017, with more released in 2018.
By early 2016, Arena’s board decided to remake the company, beginning with new management and a new strategy. Since then, the company has evolved back to a core drug development platform.
ProMIS Neurosciences believes inaccurate targeting of mAbs is to blame, in fact, for lack of progress against Alzheimer’s disease.
Outside skepticism about GeNeuro’s scientific concept has made fund-raising even harder than usual for a startup. But the Swiss company has found considerable support in Europe.
Frequency Therapeutics is an early-stage developer of small molecule drugs to activate “progenitor cells” and restore healthy tissue. Its lead program is in treating hearing loss by regenerating sensory cells in the inner ear, for which it is planning a Phase 1 trial to launch in mid-2018.
The CEO and founder of Seattle Genetics, Clay Siegall, discusses one of the company’s new technologies, sugar-engineered antibodies (SEAs).
The founder and CEO of Seattle Genetics discusses a number of interesting topics, including how he was able to get the founders of Microsoft as early investors in his company.
Clay Siegall, the founder of Seattle Genetics, explains how his company became an unintentional-startup incubator for Alder BioPharmaceuticals.
The Conference Forum’s 2018 R&D Leadership Summit employs the Chatham House Rule, which limits what information can be revealed from the event's proceedings. As one of the only members of the media in the room, Chief Editor Rob Wright shares what he can from this year's event, which had the theme “Growth: Where Will It Come From?”
Here, I aim to offer some additional ideas for how companies can best describe themselves and their products — and how PR agents, journalists, and others might describe them — by achieving the opposite of hype: clarity.