Beijing-based Brian Yang is a senior writer in charge of overall China coverage within the APAC Pharma news team. A veteran journalist, he has written extensively on pharmaceutical R&D, regulatory affairs and market access for PharmAsia News. Brian’s intimate industry knowledge and in-depth analysis has won wide praise and helped secure exclusive interviews with top biopharma executives.
He has led a team of writers to provide industry-leading coverage on key issues such as multi-regional clinical trials, priority reviews and go-to-market strategies in a highly-dynamic and fast-changing market, with the on-the-ground coverage consistently ranked among the top-read in PharmAsia News.
Prior to joining Informa, Brian worked as a foreign affairs correspondent for two TV networks and web editor for an international radio station. Trilingual in Mandarin Chinese, English and Japanese, he obtained his BA degree from China and an MA degree from Japan.
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Once the world's factory, China has seen costs inch up while drug prices are being cut deeply by centralized procurement schemes. As uncertainties mount, companies need to focus on improving process and scale-up technology, suggested industry observers at a JPM panel discussion on innovation and market access challenges.
The latest figures from China's National Health Commission show infections of the new Wuhan coronavirus are continuing to pile up, spreading to more cities in the country and abroad as travel for the Lunar New Year festival goes into high gear. Meanwhile, diagnostics companies are rushing to have test kits ready.
The latest figures from China's National Health Commission show infections of the new Wuhan coronavirus are continuing to pile up, spreading to more cities in the country and abroad as travel for the Lunar New Year festival goes into high gear. Meanwhile, the Chinese government maintains that the situation is “preventable and controllable.”
A quickly spreading coronavirus outbreak in China could upend the country’s healthcare priorities as the health regulators and reimbursement agency officials gear up to “control and prevent” the worst public health emergency since the deadly SARS outbreak in 2003.
China was a focus of discussions at the 2020 J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, as a Phase One trade agreement was signed to end a 17-month dispute with the US. Patent linkage and IP protection enforcement are also being closely watched, while Chinese firms including BeiGene continue to make strides in oncology deal-making.
2019 will be remembered as a banner year for international drug makers as many grew at phenomenal rates in China, despite expansion of the “4+7” centralized procurement scheme and steep price cuts in exchange for reimbursement. As the government continues to emphasize affordability for cancer drugs and major anti-infectives, competition is heating up quickly and immune-oncology alone has seen six PD-1s elbowing each other for market share.