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Amazing Discoveries: Takeda Showcases Tips for Partnerships at the Earliest Clinical Stages
Amazing Discoveries: Takeda Showcases Tips for Partnerships at the Earliest Clinical Stages

In discovery-phase alliances, alliance managers need to have their eyes on the big picture and broader company strategy when working with scientists who are often too narrowly focused on short-term objectives. Three Takeda executives explained in an 2022 ASAP BioPharma Conference presentation. Continue Reading

by Jon Lavietes
11/29/2022


Big Companies, Big Stakes: How to Make Big Pharma “Mega Collaborations” Work
Big Companies, Big Stakes: How to Make Big Pharma “Mega Collaborations” Work

Caroline Rader, Chris Black, Ken Marran, and Ryan Lenox brought ASAP BioPharma Conference took attendees behind the curtain of Merck's Big-Pharma-to-Big-Pharma alliances, which are responsible for major multibillion-dollar, market-moving drug candidates. Continue Reading

by Jon Lavietes
11/22/2022


Alliance and BD Manager
Alliance and BD Manager

Alliance and BD Manager at Boston Children's Hospital Continue Reading

11/17/2022


Communications: “Job Number One” for Alliance Managers
Communications: “Job Number One” for Alliance Managers

Communication is "job number one." Alliance manager are “communications cops” who function as “communications central,” making sure internal and partner stakeholders receive and deliver critical information pertaining to the partnership in a timely manner. Continue Reading

by Jon Lavietes
11/16/2022


Beyond the Bermuda Triangle: Concrete Measures to Handle the Intangibles That Can Sink an Alliance
Beyond the Bermuda Triangle: Concrete Measures to Handle the Intangibles That Can Sink an Alliance

Jim Mullen of Editas Medicine delivered tips on dealing with “the Bermuda Triangle of contract issues”—decision rights, dispute resolution, and termination—in his ASAP BioPharma Conference keynote. When conflict arises, get agreement on the facts, but don't require a consensus decision. Continue Reading

by Jon Lavietes
11/10/2022


What Biopharma Needs to Know About Digital Transformation: Culture, Competencies, and Trust
What Biopharma Needs to Know About Digital Transformation: Culture, Competencies, and Trust

What do biopharma alliance managers need to know about digital transformation? Microsoft's Elena Bonfiglioli outlined three things in her ASAP BioPharma Conference keynote: 1) culture that promotes privacy, 2) competencies, and 3) trust. Continue Reading

by Jon Lavietes
11/3/2022


Getting Better All the Time: Continuous Improvement in Partnering
Getting Better All the Time: Continuous Improvement in Partnering

How do you continually improve your partnerships? Don't wait until something is broken to make adjustments, reward the people making improvements, discuss potential changes frequently, and use the ISO 44001 and 56002 standards in combination. The latest Collaborative Connection Monthly explains. Continue Reading

by Jon Lavietes
10/20/2022


It Takes a Village—and an Ecosystem—to Tackle Rare Diseases
It Takes a Village—and an Ecosystem—to Tackle Rare Diseases

How do you develop therapies that will help capture part of the rare/orphan disease market that is expected to exceed $300 billion in 2030? It takes an ecosystem of seven players, explained Jeff Livingstone in his ASAP BioPharma Conference presentation last last month. Continue Reading

by Jon Lavietes
10/18/2022


Strategic Alliance Relationship Manager
Strategic Alliance Relationship Manager

Strategic Alliance Relationship Manager at Zenitel Continue Reading

10/18/2022


Director, Strategic Alliances
Director, Strategic Alliances

Director, Strategic Alliances at Merck Continue Reading

10/18/2022


A Master Class in Building Bridges
A Master Class in Building Bridges

Influence is what helps build bridges when partners are at odds. “It is perhaps the hardest part of the job, but it is the part of the job that delivers the greatest value." The Rhythm of Business delivered a master class on the subject at the 2022 ASAP BioPharma Conference. Continue Reading

by Jon Lavietes
10/12/2022


The Devil Inside: ASAP Roundtable Explores Internal Stakeholder Alignment Challenges
The Devil Inside: ASAP Roundtable Explores Internal Stakeholder Alignment Challenges

What's causing alliance managers to spend 70% of their time aligning stakeholders? competition for resources, organizational silos, lack of clarity on the partnership’s North Star, and changes in executive leadership, to name a few, according to participants in a recent ASAP roundtable. Continue Reading

by Jon Lavietes
10/11/2022