Ben brings both biopharma expertise and diverse experience. For the past five and a half years, he was a senior manager in PwC’s Health Research Institute. He developed reports on various policy issues and business trends, particularly in the pharma and medtech sectors, provided research for clients and spoke at industry events. Previously, he was a journalist with Pharmaceutical Executive; Medical Marketing & Media, PRWeek and Direct Marketing News; and Ad-Fax Media. During his college days, he taught English in China.
He lives in Orlando, Fla. Outside of work, Ben enjoys playing guitar, welcomes your recommendations for great novels and avidly pursues hiking, biking and other outdoor activities.
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A Biden administration, if elected, would protect biopharmaceutical innovation, tackle the rising costs of cancer drugs and “promote science, without politics.”
Increases in remote patient monitoring and decentralized clinical trials – accelerated by COVID-19 – have added complexity to data management systems. Traditional platforms and electronic data capture used by drug development sponsors are ineffectual tools for integrating new primary data sources, or managing remote patient monitoring, Raj Indupuri, CEO at eClinical Solutions told In Vivo.
COVID-19 has pushed the entire health care system to adopt new technologies and new solutions for conducting clinical research and delivering care to patients. An expert panel hosted by the Galien Foundation provided a meditation on what the biopharma industry has learned so far, and how to use the urgency created by COVID-19 to lock-in technological acceleration while maintaining what FDA’s Amy Abernethy called “responsible progress.”
Biomolecular condensates were first observed over 100 years ago, but their function – and the role they might play in a broad range of diseases – is only now being rigorously explored by drug developers. New technological development is helping scientists recreate condensates in laboratory conditions, providing insight into fundamental cellular processes. Amir Nashat, CEO of Dewpoint Therapeutics, told In Vivo that the company, following a recent $77m series B round, now has the resources to get to proof of concept for drugs targeting biomolecular condensates.
Two years after leading a $46m series B financing round in Inflazome, a four-year old Irish biotech developing oral NLRP3 inflammasome inhibitors, VC firm Forbion is celebrating Roche’s $446m acquisition of the company, which includes the potential for additional milestone payments. Forbion general partner Marco Boorsa, who joined Inflazome’s board of directors in November 2018, spoke with In Vivo about the VC firm’s investment strategy.
COVID-19 has created an “always accessible” online work environment conducive to executive recruiting, although some candidates are hesitant to change jobs during pandemic-related uncertainty. Corporate culture and an accelerating digital convergence continue to drive hiring decisions, in addition to US immigration policy and a renewed emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion.