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Is the CF Foundation's $3.3B royalty windfall good or bad for patients?

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation announced today that it had cashed in its royalty stream from Vertex Pharmaceuticals' breakthrough CF drugs it backed for a $3.3 billion windfall. But where the foundation trumpeted the blockbuster deal with Royalty Pharma as a prelude to more investments into next-gen drugs, the New York Times' Andrew Pollack had no trouble finding a critic eager to lambaste the foundation for the ultimate sin: putting profits ahead of patients.

Average cost of drug R&D? Try $2.9B on for size

The Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development created the industry standard on R&D budgets when it pegged average R&D costs at close to $1 billion for each new drug. Today, Tufts researchers updated their figures and boosted the total to $2.9 billion.

Sanofi CEO Chris Viehbacher gets the boot: What happens next in R&D?

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.

Meet some of the revolutionaries in biotech R&D

It's become a matter of commonly accepted faith in the biopharma biz that it takes more than $1 billion and 10 years to develop a new drug. Industry associations like to cite that factoid as a reason for the big prices we're seeing on new therapies, often while prodding the FDA for faster action. 

Just how big is the biosimilars business going to be in 5 years?

Thomson Reuters BioWorld took a deep dive into the subject and surfaced today with a detailed report outlining a bustling new global business with roughly 700 so-called follow-ons put in the clinic by 245 companies and institutions. Looking ahead to 2020, analysts say, you can anticipate that biosimilars will account for about $25 billion out of $100 billion in sales for off-patent biologics.

UPDATED: Oral low-T drugs in the pipeline face a showdown with the FDA

An expert panel assembled by the FDA has taken a big step toward blunting the fast-growing market for low-testosterone drugs, raising a thorny issue not just for the companies that sell such remedies, but also for two biotechs trying to gain approvals for new ones.

The 2014 Fierce 15 is about to debut in Boston

The 12th annual Fierce 15 report will be rolling out at the BioPharm America meeting in Boston on Monday just before we go live with the report on the website.

Biotech R&D is changing. Don't get left behind

Over the last few years we've seen some big changes in the way some drugs are developed. What better time to host a new FierceBiotech executive panel discussion on current trends in late-stage development?

Which body parts warrant the biggest biotech venture investments?

Dow Jones writer Brian Gormley set out to find out the answer to that question, reviewing the venture data for biotech and med tech in Dow Jones' VentureSource database.

Baxalta: Baxter's newly named biopharma spinout has had its ups and downs

First there was AbbVie, the new biopharma company created by the big Abbott split. And now comes Baxalta, the new moniker for Baxter's drug spinoff, which is reportedly plotting a big move to the Boston/Cambridge hub.