John Carroll

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

Articles by John Carroll

Sarepta slips after new CSO is quickly pushed out

So what happened to Sarepta's ($SRPT) new chief scientific officer? Hired just 7 months ago, the biotech issued a one-liner in an 8-K this morning stating simply that Art Krieg had been "terminated."

Purdue earns a nod--and a quick slap--for abuse-resistant painkiller

The FDA has approved a new pain drug from Purdue Pharma that's intended to throw up a line of defense against the abuse of an extended-release reformulation of OxyContin. But all the approval seems to have accomplished is triggering some added eye-rolling from some of the experts fighting abuse.

A new VC player debuts with global plans to invest $150M in biotech startups

Over the last few years there's been something of a shakeout among biotech venture investors. There are fewer big players, but with IPOs taking flight again, established venture groups are rolling out new funds collectively worth billions of dollars. And now a pair of Asian pharma companies is bankrolling a rare operation: a brand new VC organization--Remiges Ventures--that plans to go hunting for biotech startups in the U.S. and Europe.

UPDATED: Gilead picks up blockbuster FDA blood cancer approvals for idelalisib

Gilead said today that the FDA has approved its PI3k inhibitor idelalisib for three types of B-cell blood cancers following its early Phase III success last fall on impressive leukemia data. EvaluatePharma analysts estimate this drug could earn $1.2 billion a year by 2020, making it one of the top therapies in late-stage development.

Inovio vs. Feuerstein, Round II: Biotech claims PhII success for VGX-3100

Shares of Inovio Pharmaceuticals jumped about 20% this morning after the biotech said it had hit the mark on the primary endpoint for its mid-stage study of VGX-3100, an experimental therapy designed to eliminate precancerous cervical lesions.

Eagle Pharma nabs FDA OK for hyperthermia drug

Eagle Pharmaceuticals ($EGRX) has nabbed an FDA approval for its new-and-improved formulation of dantrolene sodium, which will be sold as Ryanodex, for potentially lethal cases of malignant hyperthermia.

Puma shares triple on positive PhIII neratinib data, plans to file for approval

Shares of Puma Biotechnology soared more than 220% after the markets closed on Tuesday as investors cheered the biotech's positive Phase III numbers for a late-stage study of their lead drug neratinib (PB272). 

Ziopharm, Intrexon tackle CAR-T in expanded partnership

Proving once again that CAR-T is now one of the hottest fields in cancer drug development, Boston-based Ziopharm Oncology is expanding its R&D collaboration with Intrexon to include the personalized immuno-oncology technology.

Biosimilars set to boom as new patent cliff on biologic superstars looms

If you look at the biosimilars market as a global whole, the sum total of revenue generated by the follow-on crowd just barely crossed into blockbuster territory in 2013, according to a new study from Allied Marketing Research. But that $1.3 billion base is expected to swell to $35 billion by 2020 as new products penetrate the market in North America, Europe and Asia.

AstraZeneca adds Advaxis to a growing roster of immuno-oncology partners

AstraZeneca has partnered up with Princeton, NJ-based Advaxis on a program that pairs the pharma giant's closely-watched immuno-oncology drug MEDI4736 with the biotech's therapeutic cancer vaccine for HPV-related cancers.