ImClone sales staff cut by half

Eli Lilly has already found ways to streamline ImClone Systems. Just a couple of months after agreeing to buy the Erbitux maker, Lilly has cut almost half of ImClone's sales staff. That amounts to about 30 of nearly 70 positions, and it "takes the overall size of the sales force back to a mid-2007 sales model," a spokeswoman told Pharmalot.

Of course, ImClone doesn't market Erbitux on its own; partner Bristol-Myers Squibb also has a cadre of Erbitux reps. And the spokeswoman hinted that Lilly reps might get in on the act: "[W]e will continue to ... create synergies across the Lilly and ImClone field sales organizations for the benefit of the prescribers and patients we serve."

- see the Pharmalot post

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