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February 2014—Unlike deals in many industries, big mergers and acquisitions among pharmaceutical companies generally have resulted in positive returns to shareholders.more
November 2013—In 2012, new-drug approvals by the US Food and Drug Administration hit a ten-year high. Can the pharmaceutical industry make this trend last?more
September 2013—Dramatically changing the sector’s inefficient supply chain may eliminate the dangers posed by counterfeiting and medication errors.more
April 2013—Pharmaceutical R&D suffers from declining success rates and a stagnant pipeline. Big data and the analytics that go with it could be a key element of the cure.more
August 2012—After years of seeing value destroyed by R&D excesses, biopharmaceutical companies can gain healthier returns—but only if they recognize several new imperatives.more
February 2012—The country may well foster new models of innovation, but success will require a long-term commitment and talent development.more
April 2012—Global pharma companies are missing a chance to serve Brazil’s increasingly prosperous and growing middle class.more
November 2012—Multinationals are flocking to take advantage of the opportunities, but long-term success is by no means assured.more
August 2012—The sector can restore lost value by focusing intently on manufacturing innovation.more
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