Biography for John Carroll
John D. Carroll, Editor-in-Chief
John D. Carroll is a biotech analyst with 36 years of experience in journalism that’s taken him all over the world--and back again. Appointed editor of FierceBiotech in 2003, he has covered everything from city hall in Kansas City, KS, to biotech in London. He contributed stories from Central America and Ireland to the Dallas Morning News and Time and wrote for the Houston Press and a medley of other publications. He spent six years as editor and then publisher of the Dallas Business Journal, was publisher of Texas Business for a brief stint and early in his career was part of a big team of reporters and editors at the Kansas City Star & Times that investigated the deadly 1981 disaster at a local Hyatt Regency. The newspapers won a 1982 Pulitzer for their collective work. Carroll lives in Vermont and travels frequently. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @JohnCFierce on Twitter.
Articles by John Carroll
The FDA has OK'd the use of Amgen's Vectibix as a first-line treatment for wild-type KRAS metastatic colorectal cancer. The agency approved the frontline use of the drug in combination with Folfox chemotherapy.
Rumors are swirling that AstraZeneca may have its sights set on the Korean biosimilars maker, and a buyout would give the British drugmaker--or any of its rivals--an established biologics plant in a strategic location, and one that's expanding, at that.
Roche took two steps forward and one step back on the Avastin front today, as investigators laid out a clear advantage in adding the therapy to chemo for cervical cancer while finding no survival advantage when adding it to first-line treatment of an aggressive form of brain cancer.
NPS Pharmaceuticals ($NPSP) racked up the first quarterly score on its $295,000-a-year treatment for short bowel syndrome, claiming early traction for Gattex. To be sure, the numbers are small: 42 patients and 160 prescriptions in Q1.
Today's look at AstraZeneca's ($AZN) bleak 2012 numbers highlights the market-crunching wallop many of the world's biggest pharma companies have suffered as megablockbusters like Plavix and Singulair have gone off patent. But a new analysis from EvaluatePharma concludes that the industry giants will have almost as much at stake again when the 2015 patent cliff arrives.
When Celgene bought out Abraxis two years ago for an eye-popping $2.9 billion, it set out to prove that it could do a better job selling the drug for breast cancer while expanding the drug's use with additional approvals. Today it delivered on part of that promise with an FDA OK on first-line use for advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer.
Some of the biggest blockbusters known to the pharma industry have been swept off the patent cliff and tumbled into the brutal land of generic therapies, where low-priced competition awaits to chop up markets. Barring the development of new megablockbusters this list is likely to remain stable for some time. That's positive for the companies and their investors. It will also help fund major R&D operations around the globe. And the drive to improve performance should continue to drive innovation. Click here to check out the full report >>