With the number of blockbuster drugs approaching patent expiration and pharma companies struggling to maintain pipeline and portfolios with in-house programs, companies are increasingly turning to licensing, aquisitions and partnerships. Early-stage licensing deals tend to carry more risk for pharma companies in-licensing. To offset this risk, additional data may be required from the pharma partner to confirm any internal research performed by the biotech/out-licensing company.
Mini-case study. MD Biosciences helps a medium-sized biotech company to develop Rheumatoid Arthritis drug for out-licensing in under two years.