Features Biotechnology

Neil Belloff – Acorda Therapeutics

Est. reading time: 6 mins

His most recent employer is on the mend. Same goes for General Counsel Neil Belloff, a cancer survivor with an intensified resolve to apply his legal and business skills to those in the life sciences. “Fifteen years ago, my form of cancer was inoperable, but thanks to the dedicated men and women in life sciences, […]

Michael McDonald – bluebird bio Inc.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The biotech’s mission being gene therapy, it couldn’t be sidetracked by what had been a bigger agenda. Thus, last year, bluebird bio—and that is lowercase—spun off its oncology division so it could better focus on bringing treatments for so-called SGDs, or rare and severe genetic diseases. Though there was nothing acrimonious about the split with […]

Santiago Cornejo – Biogenesis Bago

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It helps to go the extra mile. Or, more precisely, the extra 8,000 miles. That’s roughly the distance as the plane flies between Buenos Aires in Argentina and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. The Middle East seemingly prime territory for the kind of livestock medication Biogenesis Bago produces and distributes throughout South America and beyond, it […]

Michael Mandarello – Venus Concept Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

The past few years, innovation and adaptation became necessities. In a pinch, multi-million-dollar deals were carried out from kitchen tables and meals from Michelin-starred restaurants were enjoyed on splintery, wooden deck chairs in backyards. It’s not “business as usual” but rather “the show must go on.” “We at Venus Concept weren’t quite so lucky,” Michael […]

Annie McGuire – Veracyte Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Meditation, a cup of coffee, studying martial arts—people have many ways to tackle stress and find the courage to conquer obstacles at work and in life. Annie McGuire just looks down at her left forearm. Inked in her forearm is a quote from French-Cuban-American writer Anais Nin: “Life expands or contracts in proportion to one’s […]

Subhashini Karra Ayyalasomayajula – Viatris

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Growing up in India, Subhashini Ayyalasomayajula was always interested in science. So, after earning her master’s degree in microbiology at Osmania University, she moved to the U.S. to pursue a Ph.D. in immunology. “I continue to be curious about science and how the body functions,” she says. “It’s so beautiful and complex, and yet so […]

Joshua Marcus – Insmed

Est. reading time: 4 mins

For certain patients and the company, there’s much riding on the research and development activities of Insmed, a Bridgewater, New Jersey-headquartered biotech focused on therapies for serious and rare diseases. Patients may have few or no other options since the cost and inherent uncertainty of drug development can discourage other biotechs from developing products for […]

Amiel Gross – The Center for Breakthrough Medicines

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Heard of Cellicon Valley? That’s not a misspelling—it’s the name being given to the array of biotech and life-science companies calling Philadelphia home. Among those companies is The Center for Breakthrough Medicines. Formerly Discovery Labs, it’s a contract development and manufacturing organization, or CDMO, that partners with advanced therapy companies to help scientists streamline product […]

Dharmi Tailor – Roivant Sciences

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Dharmi Tailor is multilingual, but not in the traditional sense: she speaks scientist and inventor. As partner and head of legal for Roivant—a biotechnology and healthcare company—and with a bachelor’s degree in public health policy and management, she understands and can interpret the highly technical speak of researchers and clinicians. That’s allowed her to do […]

Jennifer Burdman – Valo Health LLC

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Jennifer Burdman is no stranger to high-stakes patent litigation. Representing LifeNet Health in 2014 she won a tissue graft patent case when a jury awarded the company $34.7 million in damages. After that, she was on a trial team in 2011 that secured a jury verdict of $919 million in favor of DuPont against a […]

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