John Carroll

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 Follow @JohnCFierce on Twitter.

Articles by John Carroll

After 2nd positive PhIII, AbbVie points endometriosis drug elagolix to a 2017 NDA

AbbVie says it has racked up a second set of positive Phase III data for its endometriosis drug elagolix, setting up a regulatory filing for sometime next year.

JAK inhibition for solid tumors flops, forcing Incyte to pull the plug on a slate of trials

Jakafi has failed to help patients in a late-stage study for pancreatic cancer, and Incyte feels that it now has all the data it needs to prove that a JAK1 inhibitor is the wrong way to go in solid tumors.

Pursuing new deals to grow the pipeline, Szela axes staffers in Aegerion reorg

Mary Szela, the new CEO at Cambridge, MA-based Aegerion, has reached for the budget ax to help compensate for the rising tide of competition that has challenged its cholesterol drug Juxtapid. The company announced today that it is chopping about 25% of its staff--roughly 80 workers--as it whittles its roster of employees down to 230.

AveXis and Proteostasis survive the market storm, IPOs raise $145M for R&D

These days there are two kinds of biotech IPOs that make it to the market: The select few solid successes in line with the range and some bargain selections that provide a haircut on the price, where the company ups the number of shares but sells at a significant discount to the range. Another group are just quietly leaving their IPOs on the shelves or pulling out altogether to wait out the storm.

Just how well do you think biopharma is handling the gender diversity issue?

I hope you'll take a minute--just a minute--to provide a letter grade on just how well biopharma is doing on gender diversity. And take a second to let us know what you're thinking. I'll be following up.

Celgene, Google ante up for Armo's next-gen IL-10/PD-1 immuno-oncology combos

Well along in the clinic with a mix of second-wave immuno-oncology programs in early-stage studies, Armo BioSciences has lined up $50 million in funding to pay for pivotal stage development.

Biogen, Sanofi back Tony Coles' neurodegeneration player Yumanity

For much of 2015, Tony Coles funded his neurodegeneration-focused startup Yumanity out of his own pocket. Seed money followed. And today he's pulling the veils off a $45 million A round designed to get him through the preclinical stage of identifying his top programs and on the way to further enlivening a growing field.

Patient deaths force FDA to slam the brakes on PhIII program for CTI/Baxalta's pacritinib

After a follow-up review, the FDA has decided that the adverse events and deaths recorded in CTI BioPharma's pivotal program of the myelofibrosis drug pacritinib are so alarming that they've imposed a full clinical hold on the trial, halting dosing and persuading the biotech to yank its newly completed drug application.

Apellis pulls its IPO as biotech bears rampage on Wall Street

Editas and BeiGene may have made it to Nasdaq, but the IPO window isn't open for everyone. Apellis pulled their attempt at going public.

Are the big M&A players in biopharma waiting out the bear market?

One of the market themes that emerged in 2015 was that marquee biotech players could get a boost out of a high-profile acquisition--just as Big Pharmas remained aloof to the ever-rising, jaw-dropping price tags tied to drug pipelines after a three-year bull market. Now, though, with industry share prices in a savage spiral, some top execs in the industry voted most likely to ink new deals are adopting a wary attitude as they wait for the dust to settle.