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

BY­OD Best Prac­tices: How Mo­bile De­vice Strat­e­gy Leads to More Pa­tient-Cen­tric Clin­i­cal Tri­als

Some of the most time- and cost-consuming components of clinical research center on gathering, analyzing, and reporting data. To improve efficiency, many clinical trial sponsors have shifted to electronic clinical outcome assessments (eCOA), including electronic patient-reported outcome (ePRO) tools.

In most cases, patients enter data using apps installed on provisioned devices. At a time when 81% of Americans own a smartphone, why not use the device they rely on every day?

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Eli Lil­ly asks FDA to re­voke EUA for Covid-19 treat­ment

Eli Lilly on Friday requested that the FDA revoke the emergency authorization for its Covid-19 drug bamlanivimab, which is no longer as effective as a combo therapy because of a rise in coronavirus variants across the US.

“With the growing prevalence of variants in the U.S. that bamlanivimab alone may not fully neutralize, and with sufficient supply of etesevimab, we believe now is the right time to complete our planned transition and focus on the administration of these two neutralizing antibodies together,” Daniel Skovronsky, Lilly’s CSO, said in a statement.

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No­vavax CFO Greg Covi­no makes a quick ex­it as lead­er­ship carousel keeps turn­ing; Kite ex­ecs fly away to a cell ther­a­py up­start team­ing up with Lyell

→ If it seems like Covid-19 vaccine bridesmaid Novavax is shuttling staffers in and out, you’re not alone. This week, Greg Covino announced he’s leaving the biotech after holding the CFO job for a blink-and-you-miss-it tenure. An advisory role within the company awaits for Covino, who came to Novavax just five months ago from Bristol Myers Squibb, while CCO and CBO John Trizzini juggles even more executive responsibility by taking on the interim CFO title.

J&J faces CDC ad­vi­so­ry com­mit­tee again next week to weigh Covid-19 vac­cine risks

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices punted earlier this week on deciding whether or not to recommend lifting a pause on the administration of J&J’s Covid-19 vaccine, but the committee will meet again in an emergency session next Friday to discuss the safety issues further.

The timing of the meeting likely means that the J&J vaccine will not return to the US market before the end of next week as the FDA looks to work hand-in-hand with the CDC to ensure the benefits of the vaccine still outweigh the risks for all age groups.

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Osman Kibar (Samumed, now Biosplice)

Os­man Kibar lays down his hand at Sa­mumed, step­ping away from CEO role as his once-her­ald­ed an­ti-ag­ing biotech re­brands

Samumed made quite the entrance back in 2016, when it launched with some anti-aging programs and a whopping $12 billion valuation. That level of fanfare was nowhere to be found on Thursday, when the company added another $120 million to its coffers and quietly changed its name to Biosplice Therapeutics.

Why the sudden rebrand?

“We did that for obvious reasons,” CFO and CBO Erich Horsley told Endpoints News. “The name Biosplice echoes our science much more than Samumed does.”

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Ex­clu­sive in­ter­view: Pe­ter Marks on why full Covid-19 vac­cine ap­provals could be just months away

Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, took time out of his busy schedule last Friday to discuss with Endpoints News all things related to his work regulating vaccines and the pandemic.

Marks, who quietly coined the name “Operation Warp Speed” before deciding to stick with his work regulating vaccines at the FDA rather than join the Trump-era program, has been the face of vaccine regulation for the FDA throughout the pandemic, and is usually spotted in Zoom meetings seated in front of his wife’s paintings.

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Near­ly a year af­ter Au­den­tes' gene ther­a­py deaths, the tri­al con­tin­ues. What hap­pened re­mains a mys­tery

Natalie Holles was five months into her tenure as Audentes CEO and working to smooth out a $3 billion merger when the world crashed in.

Holles and her team received word on the morning of May 5 that, hours before, a patient died in a trial for their lead gene therapy. They went into triage mode, alerting the FDA, calling trial investigators to begin to understand what happened, and, the next day, writing a letter to alert the patient community so they would be the first to know. “We wanted to be as forthright and transparent as possible,” Holles told me late last month.

The brief letter noted two other patients also suffered severe reactions after receiving a high dose of the therapy and were undergoing treatment. One died a month and a half later, at which point news of the deaths became public, jolting an emergent gene therapy field and raising questions about the safety of the high doses Audentes and others were now using. The third patient died in August.

“It was deeply saddening,” Holles said. “But I was — we were — resolute and determined to understand what happened and learn from it and get back on track.”

Eleven months have now passed since the first death and the therapy, a potential cure for a rare and fatal muscle-wasting disease called X-linked myotubular myopathy, is back on track, the FDA having cleared the company to resume dosing at a lower level. Audentes itself is no more; last month, Japanese pharma giant Astellas announced it had completed working out the kinks of the $3 billion merger and had restructured and rebranded the subsidiary as Astellas Gene Therapies. Holles, having successfully steered both efforts, departed.

Still, questions about precisely what led to the deaths of the 3 boys still linger. Trial investigators released key details about the case last August and December, pointing to a biological landmine that Audentes could not have seen coming — a moment of profound medical misfortune. In an emerging field that’s promised cures for devastating diseases but also seen its share of safety setbacks, the cases provided a cautionary tale.

Audentes “contributed in a positive way by giving a painful but important example for others to look at and learn from,” Terry Flotte, dean of the UMass School of Medicine and editor of the journal Human Gene Therapy, told me. “I can’t see anything they did wrong.”

Yet some researchers say they’re still waiting on Astellas to release more data. The company has yet to publish a full paper detailing what happened, nor have they indicated that they will. In the meantime, it remains unclear what triggered the events and how to prevent them in the future.

“Since Audentes was the first one and we don’t have additional information, we’re kind of in a holding pattern, flying around, waiting to figure out how to land our vehicles,” said Jude Samulski, professor of pharmacology at UNC’s Gene Therapy Center and CSO of the gene therapy biotech AskBio, now a subsidiary of Bayer.

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Pascal Soriot (AstraZeneca via YouTube)

Af­ter be­ing goad­ed to sell the com­pa­ny, Alex­ion's CEO set some am­bi­tious new goals for in­vestors. Then Pas­cal So­ri­ot came call­ing

Back in the spring of 2020, Alexion $ALXN CEO Ludwig Hantson was under considerable pressure to perform and had been for months. Elliott Advisers had been applying some high public heat on the biotech’s numbers. And in reaching out to some major stockholders, one thread of advice came through loud and clear: Sell the company or do something dramatic to change the narrative.

In the words of the rather dry SEC filing that offers a detailed backgrounder on the buyout deal, Alexion stated: ‘During the summer and fall of 2020, Alexion also continued to engage with its stockholders, and in these interactions, several stockholders encouraged the company to explore strategic alternatives.’

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Emmanuel Hanon (Viome)

Glax­o­SmithK­line’s head of vac­cine R&D is jump­ing to a well­ness com­pa­ny con­cen­trat­ing on the mi­cro­bio­me as re­ports of an ex­o­dus start to spread

Back in the fall of 2019, GlaxoSmithKline vaccine R&D chief Emmanuel Hanon had plenty of good things to say about a wellness company called Viome and CEO Naveen Jain. He was particularly interested in Viome’s technology for analyzing the gut microbiome and how that could intersect with new vaccine research.

Today, Hanon is jumping ship to join his collaborator as R&D chief as reports circulate of an exodus at GSK’s big vaccine group.

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