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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Already having launched several portfolio companies, Roivant goes a step further by spinning out CNS specialist Arvelle from Axovant. BI and IBM will incorporate blockchain technology in clinical trials, while AbbVie licenses multiple myeloma candidate from TeneoBio.
Lying underneath AstraZeneca’s stellar quarter were the growth engines of emerging markets and China, where novel drugs, especially in oncology, delivered. But mounting pricing pressures and a massive new centralized bidding process are clouds on the horizon.
Following anticancer drugs, rare disease treatments become the latest products in China’s to get value added tax reductions. Orphan drug makers can breath easier, but much more is needed, industry insiders say.
New round of funding allows EdiGene to hire a clinical development executive from Parexel, Teijin Pharma appoints a president, while Astellas has a new president of pharmaceutical technology.
Still a largely self-pay market, China is in the middle of a new drug approvals rush with 48 clearances in 2018 and more pending, forcing manufacturers to innovate their access models. Among several emerging strategies, a "Three P" combination of pricing, private insurance and patient assistance seems to be winning the day.
Facing deep price erosion and fierce competition for their established products, more multinational firms are hopping on the digital health train in China, with Merck KGaA and Pfizer becoming the latest to tie up with the country's internet giants Tencent and AliHealth, respectively.