Pharma’s top 20 R&D spenders in 2020

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The past year has been an unprecedented time for the pharmaceutical industry.

On the one hand, the pandemic resulted in substantial delays to clinical trials while also forcing sponsors to rethink clinical trial design to protect participants. But on the other hand, the pandemic underscored the importance of the pharma industry in society. 

While the pandemic certainly was a driver for substantial R&D spending in the industry in 2020, a significant expense for many companies last year was licensing fees and other acquisition costs. That trend is not just apparent for Incyte, which tops this list, but also for several other companies in this ranking of 20 firms, which are ranked below based on the percent of revenue they invest in R&D. (To find out the top 50 pharma companies, check out our recently published ranking here.)

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Pharma 50: Here’s how the world’s largest pharma companies are doing

The global pharmaceutical industry held up well during the pandemic, with 10 of the largest businesses only seeing a roughly –3% drop in revenue in 2020. Eight of the 10 even came out ahead.

That’s one of the big takeaways from Drug Discovery & Development’s inaugural Pharma 50, a compilation of data on the largest pharma companies in the world. (Browse data on all 50 companies here.)

Overall, the 50 largest pharma companies brought in $851 billion in sales in 2020. Pharma companies also overcame COVID-19-related clinical trial disruption and staffing hurdles, driving unprecedented R&D advances to introduce novel vaccines and therapies to battle the pandemic. The resulting shift in public perception could benefit the industry for years to come.

One of the most notable achievements involved the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, according to analyst Mani Foroohar at SVB Leerink.

Other achievements, according to Foroohar, includ…

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Pharma 50: Here’s how the world’s largest pharma companies are doing

The global pharmaceutical industry held up well during the pandemic, with 10 of the largest businesses only seeing a roughly –3% drop in revenue in 2020. Eight of the 10 even came out ahead.

That’s one of the big takeaways from our sister publication Drug Discovery & Development’s inaugural Pharma 50, a compilation of data on the largest pharma companies in the world. (Browse data on all 50 companies here.)

Overall, the 50 largest pharma companies brought in $851 billion in sales in 2020. Pharma companies last year overcame clinical trial disruption and staffing hurdles to drive unprecedented R&D advances to introduce novel vaccines and therapies to battle the pandemic. The resulting shift in public perception could benefit the industry for years to come.

Get the full story on our sister site Drug Discovery & Development. 

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Pharma 50: Here’s how the world’s largest pharma companies are doing

The global pharmaceutical industry held up well during the pandemic, with 10 of the largest businesses only seeing a roughly –3% drop in revenue in 2020. Eight of the 10 even came out ahead.

That’s one of the big takeaways from our sister publication Drug Discovery & Development’s inaugural Pharma 50, a compilation of data on the largest pharma companies in the world. (Browse data on all 50 companies here.)

Overall, the 50 largest pharma companies brought in $851 billion in sales in 2020. Pharma companies last year overcame clinical trial disruption and staffing hurdles to drive unprecedented R&D advances to introduce novel vaccines and therapies to battle the pandemic. The resulting shift in public perception could benefit the industry for years to come.

Get the full story on our sister site Drug Discovery & Development. 

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Pharma 50: Here’s how the world’s largest pharma companies are doing

The global pharmaceutical industry held up well during the pandemic, with 10 of the largest businesses only seeing a roughly –3% drop in revenue in 2020. Eight of the 10 even came out ahead.

That’s one of the big takeaways from our sister publication Drug Discovery & Development’s inaugural Pharma 50, a compilation of data on the largest pharma companies in the world. (Browse data on all 50 companies here.)

Overall, the 50 largest pharma companies brought in $851 billion in sales in 2020. Pharma companies last year overcame clinical trial disruption and staffing hurdles to drive unprecedented R&D advances to introduce novel vaccines and therapies to battle the pandemic. The resulting shift in public perception could benefit the industry for years to come.

Get the full story on our sister site Drug Discovery & Development. 

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Lilly partners with four companies on insulin pen tech

Eli Lilly (NYSE:LLY) today announced deals with four companies whose diabetes management tech will work with on Lilly’s latest insulin pen.

The Tempo Pen is a modified version of Lilly’s existing prefilled, disposable insulin pen to which the Tempo Smart Button — in late-stage development – attaches. Through these new agreements, the Tempo Smart Button will pair with software and/or medical devices offered by Dexcom (NSDQ:DXCM), Glooko, myDiabby Healthcare (Bordeaux, France) and Roche, with its mySugr app, to facilitate the integration of personalized data and actionable insights.

Get the full story on our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News.

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Roche retools COVID-19 strategy 

The Swiss pharma giant Roche (OTCMKTS:RHHBY) has canceled two Phase 2 COVID-19 studies while looking to identify a new site to conduct a clinical study for the oral antiviral AT-527, which it is developing with Atea Pharmaceuticals (NSDQ:AVIR.O). The two companies were looking to launch a trial in the U.K., but falling COVID-19 cases there have complicated recruitment. 

“There’s just simply not enough patients to enroll with the speed we were hoping for,” said Bill Anderson, head of Roche’s pharmaceutical division, in a conference call. 

Roche and Atea hoped AT-527 would offer a more convenient alternative to intravenous treatments such as antibody cocktails or Gilead Science’s (NSDQ:GILD) remdesivir.

One of the two canceled Phase 2 studies was for the monoclonal antibody astegolimab (RG6149), which the company had licensed from Amgen (NSDQ:AMGN). 

The other Phase 2 trial Roche halted related to RG7880 (efmarodocokin alfa), which the company hoped…

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BioCorp, Roche launch Mallya smart insulin pen in France

BioCorp and Roche Diabetes Care France announced the launch of the Mallya smart insulin pen device in France.

Developed by BioCorp, Mallya is an intelligent sensor for insulin injection pens that has CE mark approval in Europe. The platform is compatible with any disposable insulin pen. It enables reliable monitoring for doses selected for injection and it offers patients with diabetes better compliance with their treatment, according to the companies.

Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News.

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The top 5 pharma firms by reputation

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Recent research from reputation data specialist RepTrak (Boston) indicates that the pharma industry had the largest year-over-year reputational improvement of any sector, according to its roundup of top 100 corporations. The sector saw significant gains in consumers’ perception of its citizenship and governance. 

Now ranked eighth overall, the pharma industry came in just ahead of the consumer services industry and just behind the automobiles and components sector. 

Get the full story from our sister site, Pharmaceutical Processing World. 

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The top 5 pharma firms by reputation

Photo by Anton on Unsplash

Recent research from reputation data specialist RepTrak (Boston) indicates that the pharma industry had the largest year-over-year reputational improvement of any sector, according to its roundup of top 100 corporations. The sector saw significant gains in consumers’ perception of its citizenship and governance. 

Now ranked eighth overall, the pharma industry came in just ahead of the consumer services industry and just behind the automobiles and components sector. 

The pharma industry began to see its reputation improve beginning in the second quarter of 2020, when the industry claimed a leading role in pandemic recovery, according to RepTrak.

In the Asia-Pacific region, the pharmaceutical sector has the highest reputation of any industry, according to RepTrak’s report. 

In creating the listing, RepTrack surveyed 68,577 people in 15 countries, asking them to a…

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The quest for a disease-modifying drug for Parkinson’s disease continues

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The need for therapies that change the course of Parkinson’s disease is considerable.

“There are zero disease-modifying treatments for Parkinson’s,” said Dr. Allan Levey, professor and chairman of Emory University’s department of neurology. 

Parkinson’s disease affects some 10 million people worldwide, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation. 

Current drugs for Parkinson’s make it possible to “reverse symptoms pretty well for many people for many years,” Levey said. “But the reality is their symptoms are sort of masked. The disease is still getting worse on a daily basis.” 

Most Parkinson’s treatments focus on managing dopamine levels in the brain. The basis of that strategy traces back to formative research in the 1960s involving levodopa. Today, levodopa-based therapies continue to b…

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Companies, docs alarmed by proposed 510(k) rollback

Medical associations and device companies have largely come out against a Trump administration proposal to permanently exempt certain medical devices and software from the FDA 510(k) clearance process.

HHS used Trump’s waning days in office to propose permanently exempting 83 Class II devices and one unclassified device from the clearance review process. The list includes home ventilators, cardiopulmonary bypass pressure gauges, fetal cardiac monitors, long-term extracorporeal support systems, certain imaging software, ethylene oxide sterilizers and aerators, and certain masks (including N95 respirators), gloves and gowns. The agency also listed seven types of patient examination gloves that it has decided to immediately stop reviewing for 510(k) clearance. The notice was published on Jan. 15, 2021, in the Federal Register.

Get the full story on our sister site, Medical Design & Outsourcing.

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