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.
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China's Changchun Changsheng Biotech has been officially declared bankrupt, ending long-running speculation. The major vaccine maker’s dramatic fall has several take-away lessons for health companies operating in China, where several new regulations are taking effect.
AstraZeneca has pledged $1bn to a healthcare fund to support local innovation in China, joining big pharma peers J&J and Merck KGaA in fresh moves to embrace this market, where a new wave of digital technology transformation and fast-shifting trends now favor novel new therapies and the rise of local health start-ups
While the approval in China of a novel algae-derived drug for Alzheimer's appears to be a breakthrough, it has also left some wondering about long-term efficacy and the reasons for the apparent rush to grant the clearance ahead of a major pending filing for the disease in the US.
As China embraces novel new drugs, oncology is quickly becoming the biggest opportunity for pharma to drive growth in this market. Amgen is the latest to jump on board through the purchase of a significant stake in BeiGene.
AstraZeneca, Novartis and Roche deliver north of 20% sales growth in China again, driven by expanded reimbursement coverage and new product launches, but some clouds are on the horizon over falling sales due to the impact of the expanding “4+7” centralized procurement scheme.