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Best of the Blog February 2010

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Best of the blog is a monthly column highlighting the best of our free online content at www.windhover.com/blog. In February, Windhover's editorial staff posted 26 articles to the site, covering biopharma R&D, business development, regulatory, and commercial news.

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Johnson & Johnson believes its future success is directly dependent on its ability to access best-in-class science via more flexible, less risky partnerships. The health care giant's global head of pharmaceutical R&D, Paul Stoffels, explains in greater detail J&J's open innovation model.

New Frontiers in Pharma R&D Investment

Given their diminishing R&D productivity, pharma companies have externalized more R&D in order to increase the number of drug projects and thus the chances of getting a major new product onto the market. But by and large, this externalization has used fairly traditional models, like product licensing, and hasn't fundamentally improved R&D's economics. Instead, these investment programs must increase the number of drug assets to which a pharmaceutical company has access - but without increasing to the same degree the capital or resource investment required to access them. Thus, a growing number of companies have begun to pursue new investment ideas that recognize that much of the value comes from having preferential access to the information needed to decide whether to exercise rights to programs - rather than day-to-day operational responsibilities. This article provides a framework for deciding among innovative models, and in particular, how to apply multiple approaches across an entire portfolio.

Can't Say No: Pharma's Addiction to Shareholder Payouts

Having created a shareholder addiction to cash payments, companies are now going to have to make the unpleasant choice between pleasing investors in the short term and building their businesses over the next decade. IN VIVO examines pipeline confidence, patent expirations, and cash flow woes to make some forecasts about the industry's financial health, as well as looking inside the strategies that Big Pharma is currently pursuing.

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