John Carroll

Biography for John Carroll

John D. Carroll is a biotech analyst with 34 years of prize-winning experience in journalism. Appointed editor of FierceBiotech in 2003, he has covered genomics, biotechnology, healthcare and other business topics for Managed Care, American Banker, Small Times, and Local Business.com, He has also contributed stories from Central America and Ireland to the Dallas Morning News and Time and wrote for the Houston Press and other leading publications. He spent six years as editor and publisher of the Dallas Business Journal, was publisher of Texas Business and early in his career was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team of reporters and editors at the Kansas City Star & Times. He enjoys hiking, traveling and spending time with his family. Carroll is based in Vermont and Texas and can be reached at john@fiercemarkets.com. Follow @JohnCFierce on Twitter.

Articles by John Carroll

GSK's R&D staff hit with trade rumors spurred by Novartis' cancer pact

GlaxoSmithKline hasn't spelled out exactly how its big deal with Novartis will impact individual workers. But the rumor mill has it that more than 100 investigators in cancer R&D in Collegeville, PA, are about to become Novartis workers.

Novartis, GSK deal puts the spotlight on a narrowing R&D focus

The big trend in Big Pharma R&D has been to cut back significantly in key areas where they felt they faced extraordinarily high risks--a particular problem in the central nervous system field, where trial failures have been more the norm than the exception.

Spectrum touts PhII cancer data, plans NDA

Shares of Spectrum Pharmaceuticals surged on the news that its experimental injectable drug for blood cancer looked promising in a Phase II study.

Amgen beats a path to the FDA, looking for an early approval of leukemia drug

Amgen is getting aggressive with one of its midstage leukemia drugs. In its earnings call with analysts the big biotech's R&D chief called out blinatumomab, saying that recent Phase II data might warrant an early approval.

Shooting for IPO glory, Alder cites trial success with migraine drug

A few weeks after Seattle-based Alder Biopharmaceuticals spelled out plans to raise $115 million in an IPO designed to propel them into the ranks of a fully diversified biotech company, the biotech has released some key data points from its proof-of-concept study on its experimental migraine therapy.

Allergan fashions a poison pill as raiders at Valeant promise to gut R&D

Allergan didn't waste any time in coming up with a poison pill to help thwart a hostile, $46 billion takeover attempt by Valeant CEO J. Michael Pearson and his hedge fund ally William Ackman. The board issued a shareholder rights plan on Tuesday evening giving its general investors the right to buy discounted shares once someone accumulates a threatening stake in the company of 10% or more.

Epizyme jumps on $4M payday

Shares of Cambridge, MA-based Epizyme jumped 10% this morning after the company announced that it had won a $4 million payment from GSK after hitting the third of the three histone methyltransferase targets in their collaboration.

VC groups put up $165M for a trifecta of biotech rounds

A Detroit-based biotech has landed a $59.5 million round to continue its work on a nucleic acid-based DNAi cancer therapy now in a mid-stage trial. ProNAi Therapeutics CEO Mina Sooch says that's enough cash to get the company through 2016, with plans to pursue partnership talks as well as a discussion with the FDA about potential ways to accelerate the approval process for their lead therapy.

GlaxoSmithKline punts its cancer R&D work in Big Pharma swap and shop

Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline and Eli Lilly have hammered out a pact to swap, sell and partner on a group of four different divisions, realigning the corporate and marketing landscape for each of the big three pharma players. 

Analysts brace for a brawl as Valeant moves ahead with $46B Allergan bid

Activist investor William Ackman has allied himself with biopharma raider Michael Pearson at Valeant to buy out Allergan, the maker of Botox, which has been actively hunting down its own buyouts, according to a report Monday evening from The Wall Street Journal.