Beijing-based Brian Yang is a senior writer in charge of overall China coverage within the APAC Pharma news team. A veteran journalist, he has written extensively on pharmaceutical R&D, regulatory affairs and market access for PharmAsia News. Brian’s intimate industry knowledge and in-depth analysis has won wide praise and helped secure exclusive interviews with top biopharma executives.
He has led a team of writers to provide industry-leading coverage on key issues such as multi-regional clinical trials, priority reviews and go-to-market strategies in a highly-dynamic and fast-changing market, with the on-the-ground coverage consistently ranked among the top-read in PharmAsia News.
Prior to joining Informa, Brian worked as a foreign affairs correspondent for two TV networks and web editor for an international radio station. Trilingual in Mandarin Chinese, English and Japanese, he obtained his BA degree from China and an MA degree from Japan.
Latest From Brian Yang
US-based, China-focused CANbridge moves into cholestatic liver disease and enzyme replacement therapy via two deals. Plus deals involving LegoChem, TransThera, Morepen, Daiichi Sankyo, Geneseeq, Innocare, Biosplice, Sirnaomics and Walvax.
As the US responds to calls to waive intellectual property rights related to COVID-19 vaccines, China is already moving ahead with some of its own mRNA candidates.
Amid controversy over vaccines protection efficacy, China overhauls its disease control system with a brand-new agency to oversee disease control and prevention measures.
Chinese domestic firms have gained a flurry of novel drug approvals at home, including the first globally for an anti-PD-1 antibody for nasopharyngeal carcinoma.
Off-label use of cancer drugs in China is legal and even common in certain cases. But a line has been crossed in cases of active promotion and even conflicts of interest for some high-priced products and unproven cell therapies, unveiled by a Chinese physician whistleblower, regulatory observers say.
Using PD-1 immuno-oncology drugs to treat post-surgery gastric cancer and prescribing unapproved targeted therapies for colon cancer are just two examples of the apparently widespread misuse of oncology drugs in China, as alleged by an oncologist at a prestigious Peking university hospital.