R&D Trends

Novartis Makes Big Play in China

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Following in AstraZeneca’s footsteps, Novartis is investing $100 million in an R&D center in China. It’s a move I had alluded to in an earlier piece in this forum. Expect other big pharma companies to follow.

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Can EU Regulators Keep Up with Innovation?

Wednesday, November 8, 2006

The now infamous TeGenero clinical trial – six patients fell critically ill from an investigational biologic — occurred, ironically, after the EU Clinical Trials Directive had been implemented in the UK in May 2004. Biotechs in the Netherlands, it seems, were adjusting to the adoption of the EU Clinical Trials Directive into national law on March 1, 2006 when the TeGenero incident occurred (March 13). Before that, healthy volunteer trials in the UK had been unregulated.

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AstraZeneca Bets More Chips On China

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

AstraZeneca is investing $100 million more in China over the next three years to build the AstraZeneca Innovation Centre China, an R&D facility to study the benefits of new drugs to Chinese patients. Already one of the most heavily invested in China among big pharma companies, AstraZeneca is further distinguishing itself as the leader there with this new commitment.

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Time To Embrace Paperless Clinical Trials

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

When it comes to efficient drug development, pharmaceutical companies have a lot to learn. Recent research we conducted at CenterWatch suggests, however, that they might just be getting t he message, at least when it comes to clinical trials In a recent survey, we polled users of electronic data capture (EDC) software – the folks on the front line of research who conduct their clinical trials using this software – for their views on the factors most likely to prevent future drug development delays.

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