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U.S. Generic Drug Market Outlook to 2012
By Mark P. Mathieu

Since drugs with $50 billion on 2007 U.S. sales are scheduled to lose patent/exclusivity protection in 2008 – 2010, the three-year period presents formidable obstacles for the pharmaceutical industry. Marketing exclusivity … Read more

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Welcome to this week's eNewsletter covering breaking R&D news, business insights, and a feature on Tranzyme Pharma's work with the "hunger hormone" ghrelin as a potential way of treating GI disorders.


Of Ghrelin and the Gut: Tranzyme Pharma
By Alissa Poh

When the Human Genome Project first took off, the genomics space teemed with life science entrepreneurs, all raring to create startups. It was no different for those who started Tranzyme Pharma.

“Our original idea was to create cell lines that behaved more like human cells, for drug discovery,” says Vipin Garg, Tranzyme’s scientist-turned-CEO. “Whereas most genes are delivered in cis, we had the technology to do so in trans, which explains our company’s name.” Many post-genomics companies died a slow but sure death, however, when the model on which they were based failed to produce exciting blockbuster drugs, as promised. Tranzyme’s story, on the other hand, is one of embracing evolution – a key ingredient when it comes to keeping a small biotech on its feet. More


The Safety Gap – Chinese Biogenerics
New York Times [Oct 31] Just how safe are the Chinese factories that are poised to become a key global supplier of generic drugs in the not too distant future? More

Speedy FDA Approval Puts Stehlin Anticancer Drug in Clinical Trials
Houston Business Journal [Oct 31] A promising anticancer drug developed by the Christus Stehlin Foundation for Cancer Research in Houston is being tested on patients after quickly receiving approval from the FDA for Phase I clinical trials. The drug, CZ48, is derived from a Chinese tree, Camptotheca, whose anticancer potential was discovered in the 1960s. More

Gleevec Holds Potential As First Drug To Successfully Treat Neurofibromatosis
ScienceDaily [Oct 31] Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine report that the anti-cancer drug Gleevec holds out promise to become the first effective treatment for neurofibromatosis, a genetic disease that has resisted treatments until now. IU researchers have begun a Phase 2 clinical test of Gleevec, treating patients with plexiform neurofibromas. More

Blocking Enzyme May Help Childhood Leukemia
Yahoo! News [Nov 3] Researchers at Children’s Hospital Boston have found that blocking the enzyme Dot1 may prevent genetic switches causing ALL from being flipped on, potentially paving the way for a new class of anticancer drugs. More

Tests Could Predict Benefit From Cancer Drugs
Yahoo! News [Oct 29] Tests based on genes or other molecular markers have the potential to predict the usefulness of a particular cancer therapy, for patients battling colon, lung and pancreatic tumors. More


Pfizer CEO Kindler Has His Work Cut Out for Him
BusinessWeek [Oct 31] Investors want a fresh perspective for post-Lipitor Pfizer, but they're not yet convinced outsider Kindler is the one to bring it. More

Four New Pharmaceutical CEOs Speak Out
BusinessWeek [Oct 30] The CEOs of Pfizer, Roche, Eli Lilly, and Bristol-Myers Squibb address topics from dealmaking to the pharmaceutical industry's image problems. More

Osiris Leaps on $1.38 Billion Genzyme Stem-Cell Deal
MarketWatch [Nov 4] Osiris and Genzyme announced today that they have entered a strategic alliance for the development and commercialization of Prochymal and Chondrogen, two novel, late-stage adult stem cell treatments that hold significant potential to treat a wide range of diseases. More

Taking Statins To The Next Level
Forbes [Oct 29] A forthcoming study funded by Crestor maker AstraZeneca suggests that statins can work against heart disease in some people with low cholesterol levels. If so, another 12 million people should be taking the drugs. More

Job Cuts Loom as Glaxo Revamps U.S. Operations
Reuters [Nov 4] GSK staff in the U.S. are braced for further job cuts as Chief Executive Andrew Witty prepares to announce a reorganisation of pharmaceutical operations in the group's biggest market. More

Genentech Seeks Avastin Approval in Brain Cancer
Forbes [Nov 3] Genentech has asked the FDA to approve the extended use of Avastin (beyond lung, breast and colorectal cancers) as a secondary treatment for glioblastoma. More

More R&D: Not Boosting Big Pharma
BusinessWeek [Oct 29] Despite stepped-up levels of research spending, drug outfits are launching fewer new products, says S&P. More


The Research Triangle Park: 50 Years of Innovation
PharmaWeek [Oct 29] There’ll be much feasting and merrymaking next January – big administration changes aside, that is – when North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park celebrates its golden anniversary. And its leaders will also have opportunities galore to reflect on various trials and triumphs that have marked the last several decades, since RTP’s inception in 1959. More

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Another story from North Carolina's RTP this week - and then there'll be a break. It should be interesting to see what happens with Tranzyme over the next several months, on the economic development side of things. For those of you who may have skipped last week's issue, PharmaWeek will cover more economic development issues over time, either via a regular section or updates in a special edition every so often. As always, contact me at if you have suggestions and feedback. 


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Drug Discovery, Development and Commercialization: Evolving Challenges and Opportunities
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The program is intended to spotlight companies whose use of innovative technologies is making a positive difference in biomedical R&D and drug discovery and development.
Bio-IT World is also making available a free compendium of Best Practice entries from 2008 to help ensure the lessons learned are widely spread. The compendium can be downloaded here.

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