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2017 Annual Report: Top 50 Companies – The Corner Turned

For the pharmaceutical industry, 2016 brought new blockbusters onto the market to ease the pain of patent expirations.

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AstraZeneca: Eyes To The Future

Although patent expirations continue to depress revenue, AstraZeneca executives believe in the pipeline.

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Bayer: Monsanto & Oncology

For Bayer, the acquisition of Monsanto is intended to build its Crop Science division; meanwhile two significant approvals and two new hires enhance progress in oncology.

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Novo Nordisk: Pushing Ahead

Novo Nordisk executives believe that the company is on a path that will create growth in 2017 and beyond.

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Pfizer: Beyond The Blockbusters

Pfizer is overcoming patent expirations by developing a steady new stream of products.

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Sanofi: Weathering Patent Erosion

Sanofi executives continue to have faith in strategic plans to get the company to new heights despite continued impact from patent expirations.

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Special Feature – Pharma Innovators: Paying attention to the innovators

Two have been around in the pharmaceutical industry for a long time, and one is a relative newcomer. In considering this year’s pharma innovators to profile, the results of their accomplishments, not how long they have been around, steered the direction of this feature. Donna Murphy, global CEO of the recently formed agency network Havas Health & You; Abraham Gutman, president and CEO of AG Mednet; and C. David Nicholson, executive VP and chief R&D officer of Allergan, are being saluted for bringing new innovations to the fields of pharmaceutical advertising, clinical trial imaging and R&D, and their accomplishments are expected to echo into the future.

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Calcium hires new management director for NYC office

Healthcare communications agency Calcium hired Damon Tutulic as senior VP, management director.

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People on the Move: Biotechnology Companies

Jacob Licht has become chief operating officer of VLP Therapeutics. Licht joined VLP Therapeutics after 10 years at Emergent BioSolutions, where he most recently served as VP, Corporate Development.

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People on the Move: Specialty Pharma Companies

Jeffrey A. Meckler was appointed CEO of Intec Pharma Ltd. Meckler was named vice chairman of the Intec Pharma board of directors in April 2017 and continues in that role.

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People on the Move: Service Companies

Greg Flynn was tapped as regional president of Ashfield Commercial and Clinical businesses in the United States. Flynn transitioned to this role from his position as regional president in Japan and representative director of CMIC Ashfield.

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Special Feature: A new age of payer access

Manufacturers and their communications agencies see great opportunities in a new draft guidance from FDA, but the fear of warning letters still shadows the industry.

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Scout acquired by Stagwell Media

Scout, a specialty pharmaceutical advertising agency, has been acquired by a private equity fund. The agency was picked up by Stagwell Media LLC, the fund of the Stagewell Group.

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2017 Annual Report: Healthcare Communications Agencies Overview – Ahead Into A Cloudy Future

For many of the healthcare advertising agencies featured within this annual special report, 2016 was another year of growth and change. With the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States and the United Kingdom’s Brexit vote to exit the European Union, the year also introduced uncertainty to agencies and their clients.

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Apotex Announces $184 Million Investment to Grow U.S. Manufacturing Presence; Expansion Plan Comprises Company’s Largest Investment in the United States

Advanced R&D, Manufacturing, and Packaging Facility to Serve as U.S. Headquarters; Initially Expected to Create Minimum of 150 Full-Time Jobs BROWARD COUNTY, Fla., March 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Today Apotex Inc., the largest Canadian owned pharmaceutical company, announced the details of a $184 million U.S. expansion plan, including the development of a new R&D center […]

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FDA Grants Orphan Drug Designation to CSRA’s DynPort Vaccine Company for Plague Vaccine

DynPort’s clinical stage recombinant Yersinia pestis rF1V plague vaccine to benefit from FDA Orphan Drug Designation FALLS CHURCH, Va., March 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — CSRA Inc. (NYSE: CSRA) today announced that a plague vaccine being developed by its subsidiary, DynPort Vaccine Company LLC (DVC), was granted Orphan Drug Designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration […]

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AstraZeneca PLC Had ‘Fake Doctor’ Under Payroll in Australia

Global pharma giant AstraZeneca (AZN) employed a man in Australia who allegedly falsified his credentials to pose as a doctor, according to reports from the Australian Broadcast Company. Shyam Acharya allegedly stole the identity of Sarang Chitale, a doctor based in India, and gained registration with the Medical Board of New South Wales in 2003, […]

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Former Millennium and FORUM Pharma CEO Resurfaces to Helm Massachusetts Biotech XTuit

March 8, 2017 By Mark Terry, BioSpace.com Breaking News Staff Waltham, Mass.-based XTuit Pharmaceuticals announced today that Deborah Dunsire was stepping in as president, chief executive officer, and board member. She is replacing replacing interim chief executive officer Alan Crane, a partner with Polaris Partners. Dunsire is well known within the biotech industry. She spent […]

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Pfizer Eyes $100 Million Expansion, New Jobs in North Carolina

Pfizer has its eyes set on a possible $100 million investment to expand a plant in Sanford, N.C. with a focus on gene therapy, according to the Triangle Business Journal. The investment would include the addition of 50 new jobs.

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Special Feature: Interesting times for pharma sales reps

Despite the general anxiety over the impact of President Trump’s policies, when it comes to pharmaceutical sales forces, little of what he does will actually affect pharma sales-force strategies. The trends that are continuing to play out are declining rep access, the size of pharma sales forces, and the struggle with the concept of key account management, as well as trying to figure out how reps should be compensated.

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