How Emerging Pharma Companies Can Succeed in the European Market

Posted by Ben Hohn on Wed, Nov 06, 2019

Judith Kulich, Cody Powers, Amer Dzankic, Mark Rayward-Smith and Renuka Agarwal co-wrote this blog post with Ben Hohn.

The emerging pharma landscape continues to grow in Europe. ZS research shows that around 900 companies are focused on novel therapeutic development, and more than 50% of these companies are concentrated in the U.K., France, Germany and Switzerland, with oncology representing the greatest number of assets (around 30%) as a therapeutic area.


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The Growing Challenge of Product Differentiation

Posted by Emily Mandell on Wed, Apr 17, 2019

Joshua Hattem co-wrote this blog post with Emily Mandell.

The pharma industry faces a growing problem: The return on development investment is declining. The industry is compensating by pivoting to the next disease area (such as NASH) and technological frontiers (like cell and gene therapy). Pharma leaders may be disappointed if they believe that they can fix the problem by simply adding products to their pipeline that target these future opportunities. Take Gilead, which recently had to write down $820 million of its Kite Pharma acquisition as it cut Kite’s leading cell therapy for multiple myeloma. According to FierceBiotech, this decision to terminate the CAR-T’s clinical development “reflects the increasing competition in the anti-BCMA category.”


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Putting Agile Launch Into Practice

Posted by Ben Hohn on Wed, Mar 27, 2019

Judith Kulich, Mike Kelly, Christina Corridon, Mary Ann Godwin and Kapila Viges co-wrote this blog post with Ben Hohn.

Most large pharma and biotechnology companies have historically relied on a singular "best practice model" for preparing for launch. Highly structured and rigid launch readiness models made sense in a world where similarities between launches were significant. As pipelines and portfolios have evolved dramatically—now reflecting launches in specialty, rare disease, combination therapies, personalized medicine, and follow-on indications instead of mass-market blockbusters—a rigid, one-size-fits-all model for launch excellence isn’t sufficiently relevant for each launch. A new launch excellence model that’s more agile, flexible and reflective of the varied launches that a company faces should be the goal.


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Three Critical Moves for Getting Launch Targeting Right

Posted by Paul Hashemi on Mon, May 14, 2018

It’s common knowledge that the success of a launch sets the long-term trajectory of a pharmaceutical brand. In past decades, companies would double down on their research investments with massive sales forces, reaching every plausible potential prescriber, but in today’s environment, promotional resources often are limited. This means that targeting the right customers is increasingly important to ensuring that a new brand’s launch is successful.


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How Can You Motivate Reps to Launch an Oncology Product if the Data Isn’t Perfect?

Posted by Mike Martin on Fri, Feb 19, 2016

One of the biggest challenges with sales compensation for oncology product launches is the data uncertainty. I’ve seen companies use market data, incidence data, field-provided data and even sales from other products in their portfolios when working to determine appropriate comp plans for new products. However, even those companies that use combinations of the various available sources know that it’s directional at best. 


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