A Secret Life of the Patent Attorney

business-suit-690048_1920-copy-copyWhen one thinks about the role of the patent attorneys, it may not be obvious how paramount are they for the life science industry. Do we perceive them as the pharma’s secret agents on an ongoing, critical mission? If not, we should. They work behind the research and development scene, making sure the company can maximize the value of the drug candidates and related inventions. This article, in the form of Q&A, covers the patent and regulatory exclusivity topics in biopharmaceutical R&D. Continue reading

What’s New? Nature Gallery!

treeWhen my busy professional life allows, I enjoy occasional nature photography. Documenting the beauty of the landscapes and wildlife gives me an appreciation for the world that we live in. I will post some of my pictures monthly in Gallery section. You can find the link in the Blog’s Primary Menu. Hope you will like the photos. Please let me know if you do, by liking or commenting. Thank you for your interest!

Short Guide to Pharmaceutical Portfolio Management


The pharmaceutical R&D portfolio is usually formed by combining several assets. It can include discovery, pre-clinical and development stage small molecules and biologics (Phase I-IV) or medical devices. Less mature biotech companies, usually own either single project or platform and there is not yet a real R&D portfolio to manage. Large pharma or biotech organizations have actual and sometimes complex portfolios with numerous projects at various stages of development. Decisions around portfolio such as selection of the drug candidates, portfolio prioritization, and optimization are the most critical areas driving a total shareholder value for the organization. Continue reading

Investing and Partnering in Drug Development (Part 1 of 2)

businessman-1106919_1920During my career, I have been on the both sides of the financial partnership table. While at pharma, I have supported due diligence together with the rest of the development team. During recent months, I have been assessing various pharmaceutical assets regarding development risks for investors. I found that area fascinating from a personal growth standpoint. It came naturally to me that many of my blog readers may benefit from learning about investment partnerships models for pharma and biotech companies. Continue reading

Technical vs. Team Leadership in Drug Development

brainstorming-985542_1920Every drug development program is led by some type of the team leader. Such position may have different names in every organization (e.g. asset, team, program, project lead, etc.). The primary accountability of that individual in all pharma organizations is yet similar: to deliver the program to support the R&D strategic goals and direction. Continue reading