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Jessica Merrill

New York, NY
Jessica Merrill is a Bureau Editor for US Commercial Content for Informa’s pharmaceutical news publications, including “The Pink Sheet” and SCRIP. She has been covering the pharmaceutical industry as a journalist for more than 10 years, spanning the spectrum from R&D to regulatory to commercial. She was previously a reporter and editor for “The Pink Sheet” and “Pink Sheet” DAILY, specializing in business and commercial news, focusing largely on big pharma, M&A and business development, and the commercial landscape, including drug launches and market access. Before embarking on a career in healthcare journalism, she covered business news for the cosmetics industry and worked as a newspaper reporter.
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Alexion CEO Hantson Tasked With Kicking Growth Momentum Into Gear

The rare disease specialist’s new CEO is former Baxalta CEO Ludwig Hantson, who takes over the helm immediately after a leadership shakeup coinciding with an audit investigation.

Leadership Companies

Quick Commercial Standouts Lacking Among 2016 US Launches

The number of novel drugs approved by FDA in 2016 was down versus prior years, and many of the drugs that did launch are off to a slow start. The expectation is increasingly for drugs to build sales over time.

Launches Commercial

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PTAB rejected an inter partes review challenge to a key patent protecting the oral multiple sclerosis blockbuster to 2028 in the US, but another challenge remains outstanding.

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