Biotech's next big opportunity: Follow-ons?

Follow-on biologics are often cited as major long-term threat to the biotech industry, which so far has not had to face a future where generic therapies are allowed to slice and dice the market for approved therapies. But new analysis from the RPM Report notes that biotech companies--along with the Big Pharma companies--may be much better positioned than generic drug developers to capitalize on the market.

The rationale is that developing follow-on proteins will demand exactly the kind of expertise that the biotech industry has on staff. Teva, meanwhile, has been on a buying spree and may be the only big generic developer that can compete in this space. Of course, before anyone produces follow-ons in the U.S. market, lawmakers have to agree on new legislation. And some proposals are calling for lengthy periods of exclusivity for biologics.

- read the analysis in the RPM Report

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