The Enterprisers

This column offers a deeper look into especially innovative or entrepreneurial biopharma companies, individuals, or institutions through our special lens — lessons learned, actionable info, benchmarking, best practices, etc.

  • The Enterprisers: CohBar - Producing Mitochondria Medicine
    The Enterprisers: CohBar - Producing Mitochondria Medicine

    Why shouldn’t our mitochondria want us to live long, prospering in good health? Why shouldn’t they — as symbiotic microbes turned cellular organelles with their own mini-genomes — carry genes that help ensure our healthful survival?

  • NOVAVAX: Scouting Past The Long Trail To Market
    NOVAVAX: Scouting Past The Long Trail To Market

    Clinical challenges lurk all along the pathway for any company developing new vaccine candidates and technology — and that goes at least twice for Novavax. As we go to press with this, the company is dealing with an anxious investment community about the “failed” Phase 3 trial of its RSV F vaccine in older adults, for protection against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). (See “Press-Time Thunder.”)

  • How Rebiotix Avoids The Typical Biopharma Startup Missteps
    How Rebiotix Avoids The Typical Biopharma Startup Missteps

    A straightforward purpose and premise were the words that came to mind in my first impression of this company. Lee Jones, the CEO and cofounder of Rebiotix, describes building the company in an “of course, this is how you do it” manner. The larger issue — whether the company’s Microbiota Restoration Therapy (MRT) platform will succeed in a somewhat besieged field — can only be resolved over time. But it will most likely be biology that decides the matter, not the typical lack of clear direction or organization that plagues so many biopharma startups.

  • Life Science Leadership In Action: RespireRx
    Life Science Leadership In Action: RespireRx

    Suffocation seldom gets the credit it deserves for causing death in so many conditions — from sleep apnea to heart failure to drug overdose. But if you view the large variety of those cases at a higher resolution, you will see “respiratory failure” as the common final, fatal effect.

  • InVivo Therapeutics: Taking On Spinal-Cord Injury
    InVivo Therapeutics: Taking On Spinal-Cord Injury

    Not everyone knows someone with a spinal-cord injury. I did. We met as teenagers, shared a few years as friends but lost touch when I drifted to the opposite end of the country

  • Amarantus: Risen From The Ashes
    Amarantus: Risen From The Ashes

    One startup’s bad luck in the clinic leads to the creation of  a new company — Amarantus

  • Codagenix, A Tiny Start-Up Ready To Take On The Goliaths Of The Vaccine Industry
    Codagenix, A Tiny Start-Up Ready To Take On The Goliaths Of The Vaccine Industry

    One egg per person. That is what it takes to produce a flu vaccine. The standard, predominant method has not changed in more than 70 years.

  • The Enterprisers -- ContraVir: Mapping A Circuitous Route To Value
    The Enterprisers -- ContraVir: Mapping A Circuitous Route To Value

    If a person can be a legend, a company should be a saga. ContraVir contains both dramatic elements — a personal path through Big Pharma to small biopharma and an extended quest through a thick forest of data to find undiscovered treasure among some overlooked compounds. When I speak with CEO James Sapirstein, he takes me on a long journey full of the intertwining twists and turns of his own career and of the company he now heads. The story gives new meaning to “follow the data.”

  • The Enterprisers -- Velocity Pharmaceutical Development: A Novel Start-Up Model
    The Enterprisers -- Velocity Pharmaceutical Development: A Novel Start-Up Model

    In the typical start-up company, which parts are absolutely essential, and which parts are replaceable? The question really stems from a subaxiom of the virtual company concept, which normally places a small corporate-style management team at the center of operations and services supplied by outsourcing.

     

  • The Enterprisers -- Agile Therapeutics: Reengineering Innovation
    The Enterprisers -- Agile Therapeutics: Reengineering Innovation

    The top management team at Agile Therapeutics reflects an atypical bounty of experience and expertise for a small life sciences company. That was no accident, though it came of necessity following a near calamity. The attributes of the relatively new team proved essential in helping the company survive a key clinical trial setback that might have otherwise derailed it.

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Cleanroom Microbiology – A Foundational Introduction April 27, 2017
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Computer Systems Validation (CSV) – Avoiding The Top Five Regulatory Pitfalls May 2, 2017
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Data Integrity in a GxP Environment – Top Tips for Compliance May 3, 2017
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Understanding and Implementing the New EU Regulation for Initiating and Conducting Clinical Trials May 4, 2017
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Reacting to “Human Error” – Moving Beyond “Retraining” As A Response May 9, 2017
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Chief Medical Officer East May 10 - 11, 2017
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Bioprocess Facility Design - Layout Rules and Configurations May 10, 2017
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Chief Medical Officer Summit May 10 - 11, 2017
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Simplifying Your Quality System While Implementing ISO 13485:2016 Requirements – Strategies for Success May 11, 2017
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Pediatric Clinical Trials: Special Considerations and Requirements May 15, 2017
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Cloud Computing In A GxP Environment: Three Key Success Factors May 16, 2017
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HR Life Sciences APAC 2017 May 17 - 18, 2017
Kuala, Lumpur, KS
HR Life Sciences & Healthcare APAC 2017 May 17 - 18, 2017
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Manufacturing & Laboratory Equipment Qualification – Ensuring Bullet-Proof Results May 17, 2017
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Drug Development 101 – How A Drug Is Made May 18, 2017
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Oncology Strategy Meeting West Coast USA 2017 May 22, 2017
HYATT REGENCY, SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT, CA
American Biomanufacturing Summit May 23 - 24, 2017
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