Kevin Grogan has been writing about pharmaceuticals for over twenty years in roles that have included online editor for PharmaTimes. After four years freelancing, which involved writing for all the principal titles in the sector, as well as consultancy work with major pharmaceutical companies, he joined Scrip as Managing Editor, Europe, Commercial in the summer of 2017.
Covering all aspects of the pharma industry, Kevin has interviewed pretty much all the leading figures in the sector, both in the UK and globally. A regular attendee at financial and medical conferences worldwide (and moderating at some), he has also appeared on BBC television and radio, ITV and Channel 4 to discuss events in the pharmaceutical industry.
Fluent in Spanish, he previously worked as a journalist on rock/pop music publications, was chief sub editor at the Catholic weekly newspaper The Universe and also contributed articles to the likes of The Independent and the Manchester Evening News on football.
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Big pharma players have embraced a tricky operating environment in 2022 so far, treading a tightrope with political and financial challenges impacting their decision making and threatening to blow them off balance. However, what is not in doubt is the healthy growth experienced by those companies based around mainland Europe and the UK.
As it prepares to file lebrikizumab for atopic dermatitis, the Spanish group is looking to expand into vitiligo through a collaboration with France’s Inserm Transfert to develop topical therapies for the condition where pale patches develop on the skin caused by the lack of melanin.
The family-owned German group is the market leader in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis with Ofev but the big-selling drug has significant side effects and only slows, but does not stop, the progression of the disease. It is hoping that the Phase III-ready compound BI 1015550 will offer a significant improvement.
The Belgian group’s US launch of Bimzelx could be delayed by up to a year after the FDA hit UCB with a complete response letter which states that "certain pre-approval inspection observations must be resolved” before the drug can get the green light for psoriasis.