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Glaxo R&D changes R&D model : Group Aims To Develop Drugs Like Small Biotech Companies.
The Wall Street Journal reported that GlaxoSmithKline has turned its research and development group into a number of specialized teams that aim to discover drugs in a similar way to biotechnology companies. The teams, known as discovery performance units, or DPUs, are about halfway through the three-year budgets they were given in 2008, and the company has notified them that if they don't produce, there will be layoffs. The company has also reduced its R&D staff by about 20% since 2006, and increased its investment in outside research firms.
Europeans Said To Be Skeptical Of Flu Vaccines.
The Financial Times reported that Europeans are skeptical of flu vaccines. Thus, drug companies predict, there will be no increase in demand for the vaccines across the European Union. But drugmakers are expecting increased sales in the US. The Times also notes that EU citizens may have greater protection from the seasonal flu than those in the US because the EU uses adjuvanted vaccines.
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