The Future Of Oncology At J&J: An Interview With William Hait
The pharmaceuticals business is riding high at Johnson & Johnson, posting impressive gains from new launches in immunology and cancer – in particular, the May launch of Zytiga (abiraterone acetate) in the U.S. for metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer.
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Johnson & Johnson’s pharma unit posted strong sales growth in immunology and infectious disease, while its burgeoning oncology business is growing substantially.
J&J says its success at integrating external and internal innovation, focus on understanding causes of disease and commercial excellence have helped its pharma subsidiary weather a $9 billion patent cliff and recoup growth prospects. One observation from its May 23 analyst meeting: seemingly more than most companies, Janssen systemically incorporates biomarkers and companion diagnostics beyond oncology into all of its core development programs.
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