1 Thing to Know Before Betting on the Next Blockbuster Drug

The guest on this week's nationally syndicated Motley Fool Money radio show is Ron Adner, an award-winning professor and author of the new book The Wide Lens: A New Strategy for Innovation. In the past decade, major pharmaceutical companies such as Eli Lilly, Pfizer, and MannKind were in a race to be the first to market an inhalable insulin. In this audio segment, Adner details how Pfizer did everything right, only to fail on a massive scale. Adner provides shareholders of pharmaceutical companies a key insight into what those companies need if they want to succeed in creating the next blockbuster drug.

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  • Report this Comment On February 25, 2012, at 12:11 PM, optionfun wrote:

    The lung function test is not even 2% of why Exubera failed. Can't believe anyone would waste money on this book.

    Difficult titration, huge device that is inconvenient and looks like a bong, more expensive, and no better pharmakokinetics than current availble insulins. Their only market was for needle phobia.

    Just a little research shows Afrezza from Mannkind is better in every way. The lung function test won't make a damn bit of difference in a few years when Afrezza is approved. Book it.

  • Report this Comment On February 28, 2012, at 9:19 AM, retiredpharma wrote:

    I must agree w/optionfun..adler is clueless about why PFE and Exubera FAILED and LFTs and Endocrine docs is BS...lets not forget that PFE is the KING of Serendipity and changing COURSE midstream and Viagra is the personification of this...so lets not hang our hat on miscalculating the target early adopters...that was easily rectified...it was the DEVICE sucks plain and simple...

    Retiredpharma

  • Report this Comment On February 28, 2012, at 10:33 AM, WCoastGuynCA wrote:

    Short interest dropped over 50% in the last month and insiders are now buying additional shares. A "big pharma" partnership is in the works and the risk/reward definitely is in favor of buying Mannkind shares at the currently depressed price.

    I expect the partnership will cover Mannkind's entire pipeline of drugs and not just Afrezza. There is also tremendous untapped potential in the company's Technosphere technology for drug delivery.

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