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 john@fiercemarkets.com. Follow @JohnCFierce on Twitter.

Articles by John Carroll

Exclusive: AstraZeneca spinning out its anti-infectives R&D unit in Waltham

Pushing through on a plan to get out of the early-stage anti-infectives R&D space, AstraZeneca is spinning out its Waltham, MA-based company into an independent biotech, a move that will have an impact on the 95 staffers remaining in the swiftly dwindling operation.

Vitae slammed as another BACE inhibitor trips and Boehringer halts Alzheimer's study

Boehringer Ingelheim has put a hold on its Phase I work with a BACE inhibitor for Alzheimer's, marking the latest in a series of missteps for this category of therapeutics, which has emerged as one of the key arenas in the field.

Ablynx gets caught in Merck KGaA's R&D retreat

A fast-changing Merck KGaA is backing away from discovery and preclinical R&D deals it set up with the antibody specialists at Ablynx. And the Belgian biotech saw its shares slide 14% today after news of the prospective breakup--included in Ablynx's annual summary--spread in the markets.

After painful odyssey, Newron wins European OK for Parkinson's add-on

More than three years after Merck KGaA decided to dump its partnership with Milan-based Newron Pharmaceuticals, which in turn iced a planned buyout by Biotie, the Italian biotech has persevered to win European approval to market safinamide as an add-on drug for Parkinson's disease.

Growing Dicerna moves into Cambridge supercluster

Local VIPs are gathering this morning to cut the ribbon on the biotech's new 37,000-square-foot office and R&D center in Cambridge.

Amgen completes PhIII trifecta as AMG416 goes head-to-head with Sensipar

Amgen hit the trifecta with a successful conclusion to its third, and last, Phase III study of AMG416, a new drug for secondary hyperparathyroidism which handily beat out its in-house rival Sensipar in a head-to-head study.

FDA OKs Sanofi's Toujeo. Will a diabetes drug price war follow?

Sanofi has received the FDA marketing approval it badly needed for the long-acting basal insulin Toujeo, a product designed to preserve its multibillion-dollar franchise revenue from Lantus. But at least one prominent analyst was quick to question its impact, noting that the label will offer little compelling reason for a switch from the established market blockbuster. And that is likely to set up some early price discounting that will further roil the huge and growing diabetes market for all the key players.

On a winning streak, Juno's top execs snag bonus pay

Juno Therapeutics enjoyed one of the hottest IPOs in the biotech industry not so long ago, cashing in on its CAR-T rep. So it's no wonder that its top executives are enjoying some bonus pay these days.

Can Neil Woodford reignite the U.K.'s taste for biotech investments?

High-profile investment guru Neil Woodford has rolled out his $300 million investment vehicle in the U.K., looking to attract a host of small investors behind a publicly traded trust that has big plans for investing in a new wave of small biotechs.

Little Neos gets a $20M bankroll to prep ADHD drugs for FDA review

Texas-based Neos Therapeutics has rounded up $20.6 million to bankroll their late-stage regulatory work on extended-release formulations of a slate of ADHD drugs that is now being served up to regulators for review.