Hir­ing? How End­points can help your com­pa­ny fill open po­si­tions with our tal­ent­ed read­ers

We’ve just launched End­points Ca­reers, our new prod­uct con­nect­ing em­ploy­ers and job­seek­ers. The com­pe­ti­tion for bio­phar­ma tal­ent is fierce, and giv­en the unique place End­points News has in the in­dus­try, we think our ap­proach has a few key ad­van­tages that make this a com­pelling of­fer and not just an­oth­er “job board.”

The first rea­son is that we’re an­chor­ing it to En­ter­prise, our $1,000/year paid sub­scrip­tion plan for com­pa­nies of all sizes. You can think of En­ter­prise as the “com­plete” ver­sion of End­points News. No mat­ter how large or small the com­pa­ny is, that one price un­locks pay­wall con­tent for every em­ploy­ee. No seat li­cens­es or vol­ume pric­ing. We want to make this pro­gram an easy de­ci­sion at every com­pa­ny with an in­ter­est in the bio­phar­ma world. Sev­er­al hun­dred have al­ready joined En­ter­prise, and now with End­points Ca­reers, we want to make it even more ben­e­fi­cial to join.

Start­ing to­day, we’re in­tro­duc­ing a new ben­e­fit for En­ter­prise sub­scribers: Two Fea­tured Job List­ings per year on End­points Ca­reers — an $800 val­ue. If you’re a hir­ing man­ag­er at a com­pa­ny with a valid En­ter­prise sub­scrip­tion, you have two fea­tured job post­ings wait­ing for you to re­deem — just con­tact Tom Kowal­sky tom@end­pointsnews.com on our team to get start­ed. And once you do, the list­ings will be dis­trib­uted across the en­tire End­points net­work: email, web, and so­cial. Again: we’re sell­ing the same pack­age for $800 for com­pa­nies who aren’t part of the En­ter­prise pro­gram.

The oth­er key ad­van­tage on End­points Ca­reers is our fo­cus on qual­i­ty, not quan­ti­ty.

Most “job boards” be­gin with thou­sands of job list­ings pre-filled, in an at­tempt to look busy and gain web traf­fic. We take the op­po­site view. We on­ly want re­cent jobs with the high­est rel­e­vance to our au­di­ence base. And giv­en the big traf­fic num­bers to End­points News and our re­lat­ed dis­tri­b­u­tion chan­nels, we’re able to ad­ver­tise these po­si­tions in a very ef­fec­tive way: Job seek­ers are as­sured of see­ing on­ly the high­est qual­i­ty list­ings from em­ploy­ers, while em­ploy­ers get wide air cov­er­age for their open po­si­tions with­in the elite End­points read­er­ship.

We de­signed it this way. Bio­phar­ma tends to be an in­su­lar crowd with an es­pe­cial­ly big pre­mi­um placed on re­fer­rals from in­side a net­work — which is no sur­prise in an in­dus­try that is as heav­i­ly reg­u­lat­ed and sci­ence-based as this one is. In­sti­tu­tion­al knowl­edge is held by peo­ple, not in com­pa­ny clouds or lab notes. And the net­work ef­fects gained from re­cruit­ing the right kind of ex­pe­ri­enced tal­ent who know the right peo­ple are too valu­able to be mea­sured in dol­lars. This won’t ever change. It’s a sto­ry we chron­i­cle in End­points about every com­pa­ny with am­bi­tion, time and time again.

But re­fer­rals do have their lim­its. Was the job op­por­tu­ni­ty ex­posed to the most di­verse tal­ent pool pos­si­ble? How does a found­ing team of a few fa­mil­iar faces re­cruit a work­force that can bring fresh ideas and ap­proach­es?

Ba­si­cal­ly: Did we cast a wide enough net?

End­points Ca­reers is here to help solve this is­sue: ad­ver­tis­ing bio­phar­ma op­por­tu­ni­ties with­in an elite net­work, and do­ing so on a scale that ex­pos­es it to the broad­est au­di­ence pos­si­ble.

We think that’s a com­pelling of­fer that con­tin­ues to dif­fer­en­ti­ate End­points and how we serve our read­ers. End­points Ca­reers will on­ly con­tin­ue to grow through­out the year as we in­te­grate it with our week­ly Peer Re­view col­umn. If you have any ques­tions or want to get start­ed with End­points Ca­reers, we’ve brought Tom tom@end­pointsnews.comon board as a ded­i­cat­ed client man­ag­er to help, and you can al­ways con­tact me di­rect­ly as well. So please check out End­points Ca­reers — we’re very ex­cit­ed to bring it to you.

– Ar­salan Arif
Founder & CEO, End­points News
aa@end­pointsnews.com

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Tes­la chief Elon Musk teams up with Covid-19 play­er Cure­Vac to build 'R­NA mi­cro­fac­to­ries'

Elon Musk has joined the global tech crusade now underway to revolutionize vaccine manufacturing — now aimed at delivering billions of doses of a new mRNA vaccine to fight Covid-19. And he’s cutting right to the front.

In a late-night tweet Wednesday, the Tesla chief announced:

Tesla, as a side project, is building RNA microfactories for CureVac & possibly others.

That’s not a lot to go on. But the tweet comes a year after Tesla’s German division in Grohmann and CureVac filed a patent on a “bioreactor for RNA in vitro transcription, a method for RNA in vitro transcription, a module for transcribing DNA into RNA and an automated apparatus for RNA manufacturing.” CureVac, in the meantime, has discussed a variety of plans to build microfactories that can speed up the whole process for a global supply chain.

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UP­DAT­ED: Re­gen­eron co-founder George Yan­copou­los of­fers a com­bat­ive de­fense of the po­lice at a high school com­mence­ment. It didn’t go well

Typically, the commencement speech at Yorktown Central School District in Westchester — like most high schools — is an opportunity to encourage students to face the future with confidence and hope. Regeneron president and co-founder George Yancopoulos, though, went a different route.

In a fiery speech, the outspoken billionaire defended the police against the “prejudice and bias against law enforcement” that has erupted around the country in street protests from coast to coast. And for many who attended the commencement, Yancopoulos struck the wrong note at the wrong time, especially when he combatively challenged someone for interrupting his speech with a honk for “another act of cowardness.”

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Elias Zer­houni dis­cuss­es ‘am­a­teur hour’ in DC, the de­struc­tion of in­fec­tious dis­ease R&D and how we need to prep for the next time

Elias Zerhouni favors blunt talk, and in a recent discussion with NPR, the ex-Sanofi R&D and ex-NIH chief had some tough points to make regarding the pandemic response.

Rather than interpret them, I thought it would be best to provide snippets straight from the interview.

On the Trump administration response:

It was basically amateur hour. There is no central concept of operations for preparedness, for pandemics, period. This administration doesn’t want to or has no concept of what it takes to protect the American people and the world because it is codependent. You can’t close your borders and say, “OK, we’re going to be safe.” You’re not going to be able to do that in this world. So it’s a lack of vision, basically just a lack of understanding, of what it takes to protect the American people.

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Sec­ond death trig­gers hold on Astel­las' $3B gene ther­a­py biotech's lead pro­gram, rais­ing fresh con­cerns about AAV

Seven months after Astellas shelled out $3 billion to acquire the gene therapy player Audentes, the biotech company’s lead program has been put on hold following the death of 2 patients taking a high dose of their treatment. And there was another serious adverse event recorded in the study as well, with a total of 3 “older” patients in the study affected.

The incidents are derailing plans to file for a near-term approval, which had been expected right about now.

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No­vavax snags Ben Machielse for CMC and pro­motes a trio of staffers; Mar­ty Du­vall lands an­oth­er CEO post at On­copep­tides

Novavax has been making waves recently by securing a $384 million commitment from CEPI to cover R&D and manufacturing for its Covid-19 vaccine while also spending $167 million on a 150,000 square-foot facility. The Maryland biotech continues to shore up its leadership team as well, bringing in Ben Machielse as their EVP of CMC just a couple weeks after nabbing AstraZeneca vet Filip Dubrovsky as their new CMO. Machielse was president and CEO of Vtesse from 2014-17, and before that, he also spent more than 11 years at MedImmune and was EVP of operations for the back half of his tenure.

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Pfiz­er shares surge on pos­i­tive im­pact of their mR­NA Covid-19 vac­cine — part­nered with BioN­Tech — in an ear­ly-stage study

Pfizer and their partners at the mRNA specialist BioNTech have published the first glimpse of biomarker data from an early-stage study spotlighting the “robust immunogenicity” triggered by their Covid-19 vaccine, which is one of the leaders in the race to vanquish the global pandemic.

Researchers selected 45 healthy volunteers 18-55 years of age for the study. They were randomized to receive 2 doses, separated by 21 days, of 10 µg, 30 µg, or 100 µg of BNT162b1, “a lipid nanoparticle-formulated, nucleoside-modified, mRNA vaccine that encodes trimerized SARS-CoV-2 spike glycoprotein RBD.” Their responses were compared against the effect of a natural, presumably protective defense offered by a regular infection.

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An ex­pe­ri­enced biotech is stitched to­geth­er from transpa­cif­ic parts, with 265 staffers and a fo­cus on ‘new bi­ol­o­gy’

Over the past few years, different teams at a pair of US-based biotechs and in labs in Japan have labored to piece together a group of cancer drug programs, sharing a single corporate umbrella with research colleagues in Japan. But now their far-flung operations have been knit together into a single unit, creating a pipeline with 10 cancer drug development programs — going from early-stage right into Phase III — and a host of discovery projects managed by a collective staff of some 265 people.

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New stan­dard of care? FDA hands Pfiz­er, Mer­ck KGaA an OK for Baven­cio in blad­der can­cer

The breakthrough therapy designation Pfizer and Merck KGaA notched for Bavencio in bladder cancer has quickly paved way for a full approval.

The PD-L1 drug is now sanctioned as a first-line maintenance treatment for patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma, applicable in cases where cancer hasn’t progressed after platinum-containing chemotherapy.

Petros Grivas, the principal investigator of the supporting Phase III JAVELIN Bladder 100, called the approval “one of the most significant advances in the treatment paradigm in this setting in 30 years.”

Covid-19 roundup: Vac­cines will need to beat place­bo by 50% to qual­i­fy for FDA OK; UK tri­al drops Kale­tra

The FDA will set the bar for approving a Covid-19 vaccine at 50% efficacy, the Wall Street Journal reported, meaning any successful candidate will have to reduce the risk of coronavirus disease by at least half compared to placebo.

That requirement is part of guidance that the agency is set to release later today, laying out detailed criteria for vaccine developers — some of whom are eyeing an OK by the end of the year, in line with expectations at Operation Warp Speed.

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