Biography for John Carroll
John D. Carroll, Editor-in-Chief
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 email@example.com. Follow @JohnCFierce on Twitter.
Articles by John Carroll
For the now-former chief of Sanofi, Chris Viehbacher, there's plenty of money for a cushion, but it won't be nearly as plump as the packages granted to his counterparts in the U.S.
Cortendo is coming to America. Founded in Sweden, the little biotech has a new CEO who's building the executive team in the Philadelphia area. And he's dropping plans for a listing on the Oslo exchange in favor of a U.S. IPO after raising $11 million in bridge financing.
Bristol-Myers Squibb's closely watched checkpoint inhibitor nivolumab managed to wow analysts this morning with impressive survival results in a Phase II study of patients with advanced squamous cell non-small cell lung cancer. Of all the patients in the drug arm, 41% were alive at the one-year mark, while investigators tracked an overall response rate of 15%.
Chris Liang had already forged a compelling profile in drug development when the newly formed Scripps Florida recruited him as head of chemistry back in 2004. Liang, who emigrated from China in 1984 to attend grad school at Princeton, had worked on Sutent early on in his career. He went on to found the first Scripps Florida spinout--Xcovery--with Genzyme founder Sheridan Snyder. And today, Liang put out the word that Xcovery has inked its first big deal for the little biotech with a virtual staff.
Chris Viehbacher took the helm of Sanofi with one clear message about the future: R&D at the Big Pharma had to undergo a radical restructuring. The lost decade in drug development following 2000 proved that Sanofi and others had to mend their ways, he said, forcing the company to reach outside the organization for innovation and shed the dead wood that had accumulated in its research ops.
Aileron Therapeutics has gone back to the well of investor cash and drawn up another $18 million in fresh support for its soon-to-launch, early-stage study of a p53 targeting cancer therapy.
J&J is officially cutting the ribbon on its new partnering office in Shanghai, completing the pharma giant's global plan to hit the ground running in all the world's top biotech hot spots. It's taking the wraps off of a lineup of new discovery deals with universities in the region. And it's spreading out feelers for more deals through satellite offices in Australia, Singapore and Japan.
Chimerix has outlined plans for a small Phase II study of its powerful antiviral brincidofovir as a counterpunch to Ebola.
Daiichi Sankyo's campaign to win approval for its atrial fibrillation drug edoxaban gained some support from regulators at the FDA who were clearly won over by the efficacy data in the NDA. But the internal review of the drug also includes recommendations for limiting its use to patients with abnormal kidney function. And they include a few cautionary notes on the competing drugs that have already made it to the market.
Advent Life Sciences is joining the parade of new biotech funds debuting this year. Based in London with an investment strategy that reaches into Europe and the U.S., Advent's second dedicated life sciences fund has come up with $235 million to invest in about 15 early- to midstage companies in the next few years.