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
Three Big Pharma companies have helped come up with some seed money to start growing the first crop of biotechs in New York. Pfizer, Eli Lilly and J&J all chipped in to a $51 million fund from Accelerator Corp., which will now expand on the work it's been doing in Seattle to the East Side of Manhattan, recruiting upstarts to join investigators at the Alexandria Center for Life Science.
On Monday, Targacept reported that its midstage effort aimed at salvaging its lead drug flopped. Once partnered with AstraZeneca, which saw four late-stage studies for the one-time depression drug TC-5214 hopeful sour, Targacept says it's finally ready to dump the therapy after it failed in a Phase IIb study for overactive bladder.
Redwood City, CA-based PaxVax has nailed down up to $50 million in debt financing and $12 million in a Series B venture funding extension to complete the acquisition of Crucell's oral typhoid vaccine Vivotif and the ongoing Phase III study of its cholera vaccine candidate, PXVX0200.
Early this year Zealand Pharma and Boehringer Ingelheim agreed to start over on their three-year-old collaboration to develop a GLP-1 diabetes drug after they decided to part ways on a lead program. Now the Danish biotech will ramp up a second preclinical peptide program with the German pharma company aimed at cardio-metabolic diseases.
Pfizer is in a nasty fix. Tomorrow the pharma giant will release a rundown of its Q2 numbers--which won't be pretty--and CEO Ian Read and his top team will have plenty of explaining to do about how they plan to get out of the tight spot they find themselves in.
Shares of AcelRx took a painful 30% plunge on Monday morning as investors got a chance to respond to the biotech's announcement late Friday night that the FDA had rejected its application for Zalviso, its sufentanil sublingual microtablet drug/device system for fighting pain.
Over the past 5 years a team at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering has been building a pioneering human "organ-on-a-chip" tech platform for discovery-based work on new therapies. And it's being spun out today to make a go of it as an independent company dubbed Emulate Inc., backed with a $12 million A round from a group that includes the billionaire founder of the institute that created the technology.
So what happened to Sarepta's ($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."
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.