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Third-party research plays a crucial role when formulating a corporate business strategy. It is essential to have knowledge of emerging markets, unmet health needs, promising new technologies, and the competitive landscape when evaluating drug targets and lead compounds, especially when research costs are skyrocketing and fewer products are making it to market. A multitude of companies offer custom strategic research and consulting services, with new players arriving almost daily. Some vendors cover a wide range of industries, while others focus exclusively on the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector. It's a crowded field and the level and scope of the services provided has expanded to include customized databases and decision-making tools, on-site consulting and project management, online forums, executive summits and the like. I have limited the following list of suppliers to those who provide off-the-shelf drug industry research in the form of reports. These are the items that are most likely purchased and/or used by information specialists. Many of the other products and services are marketed directly to executives or specialized departments, bypassing the library altogether.

BioSeeker Group AB. Bjornnasvágen 21, SE-113 47 Stockholm, Sweden. Phone: +46-8-673-1700, Fax: +46-8-56849191. E-mail: [email protected]. URL: http://www. bioseeker.com. BioSeeker is a relatively new entry to the market research arena, founded in 1999 in Stockholm. They position themselves as a business and competitive intelligence company for investment, venture, and R&D management of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. They offer a range of consulting and analytical tools in addition to published reports. The reports primarily focus on major therapeutic markets such as cancer, cardiovascular, central nervous system (CNS), infectious diseases, and metabolic disorders. Reports profile key players in the particular field of interest, providing profiles of technology platforms, pipelines, financial data, alliances, and clinical trial progress. BioSeeker maintains a database that houses information from over 10,000 life science companies. This is one of their primary information sources, along with interviews, patent and scientific publications, annual reports, and press releases. They also attend industry conferences and scientific meetings. Reports may be purchased in print or PDF format and cost roughly $2000. Recent titles include Patterns and Trends in Lymphoma R&D, Progress in Cancer Therapeutics—Targeted Therapeutics, The Global Structure of Breast Cancer R&D, and Pipeline Insight: Asthma, COPD, and Allergic Rhinitis.

Business Communications Company Inc. (BCC). 25 Van Zant St., Norwalk, CT 06855, U.S.A. Phone: +1 203-853-4266, Fax: +1 203-853-0348. E-mail: [email protected]. URL: http:// www.buscom.com. BCC conducts industry research and market analysis, focusing on advanced materials, high-tech systems, and novel processing methods. In the healthcare arena, they specialize inbiotechnology, diagnostics, and devices, publishing numerous reports, a monthly newsletter, and sponsor an annual conference. Reports provide statistical and analytical information on markets, applications, industry structure, major players, market shares, industry dynamics, technology and technology shifts, and international developments. Single copies of reports may be purchased in print or PDF format for around $4,000 each. Recent titles include The

Market for Bioengineered Protein Drugs, U.S. Ethical Drug Market: Strategies for Sustained Growth, U.S. Market for Pharmacy Automation, Orphan Drugs: Success Stories and Marketing Strategies, and World Pharmaceutical Market.

Cambridge Healthtech Advisors (CHA). 1000 Winter Street, Waltham, MA 02451, U.S.A. Phone: +1 781-547-0202, Fax: +1 781-547-0100. URL: http://www.advancesreports.com. CHA was spun out of Cambridge Healthtech Institute in 2003 in order to market advisory services directly to pharmaceutical clients. CHA conducts primary research on topics such as systems biology, toxicogenomics, biomarkers, and predictive pharmacogenomics. Clients who purchase a membership can contact analysts directly and attend regional meetings. CHA also offers targeted reports authored by affiliates who are industry experts in a particular topic area. Reports generally range from $3000 to $8000 depending on format and license. Recent titles include Successful Pharmacogenomics Business Models, Molecular Diagnostics: Technological Advances Fueling Market Expansion, Cancer Genomics: Revolutionizing Treatment and Reshaping Markets Through Targeted Therapies, Kinases: From Targets to Therapeutics, and GPCRs: Mining the Richest Vein in Drug Discovery.

Datamonitor. Charles House, 108-110 Finchley Road, London NW3 5JJ, U.K. Phone: +44-20-7675-7000, Fax: +44-20-76757500. E-mail: [email protected]. URL: http://www. datamonitor.com. Datamonitor conducts primary research and analysis across the Automotive, Consumer Markets, Energy, Financial Services, Healthcare, and Technology sectors. They collect data through industry panel and consumer research from which they compile extensive databases and produce detailed market and company reports. Reports focus on a particular market, issue or trend and consist of a mix of market intelligence, analysis, and forecasting based on primary quantitative and qualitative research. Healthcare coverage includes cardiovascular, central nervous system, drug delivery, generics, genomics, oncology, pharmacoeconomics, and women's health. Datamonitor's strength is in its comprehensive coverage of international markets and trends. Many reports contain extensive data from countries such as Japan, Italy, and Spain in addition to the rest of Europe and the U.S. Reports can cost upwards of $10,000 and may be purchased in print or electronic format. Recent titles include Therapeutic Vaccines: Strong Innovation But Far Away From Capitalization, Stakeholder Perspectives: Asthma—Improvements to Combination Inhalers Will Satisfy a Growing Patient Base, Consumer Health Websites: A Guide to Positioning Consumer Health Information Online, and European Market Entry Strategies: Impact of Regulations, Pricing, Reimbursement, Parallel Trade and Generics Post-Accession.

Decision Resources. 260 Charles Street, Waltham, MA 02453, U.S.A. Phone: +1 781-296-2500, Fax: +1 781-296-2550. URL: http://www.decisionresources.com. Decision Resources focuses exclusively on the drug industry. They offer a suite of services covering 10 key therapeutic areas as well as industry trends and developments. Pharmacor, an advisory service, analyzes the commercial outlook for drugs in research and development. Pharmacor programs are categorized by therapeutic area and assessments are based on interviews with thought leaders from the major pharmaceutical markets. Each study addresses impact factors such as epidemiology, etiology, current therapies, medical practice, unmet needs, and emerging therapies.

Spectrum Reports offer business intelligence targeted to industry executives. Publications are organized into broad topics such as pharmaceutical industry dynamics, therapy markets and emerging technologies, diagnostics, pharmaco-economics, pricing and reimbursement, drug discovery and design, and drug delivery. DecisionBase is an interactive tool used to measure and compare commercial opportunities, compound attributes, and treatment protocols. InterStudy produces databases and reports that track the managed care industry through surveys of HMOs and PPOs. DR Pipeline

Reports offer clinical and competitive analysis of company pipelines within six therapeutic markets: metabolic diseases, psychiatric disorders, gastrointestinal diseases, respiratory diseases, and bacterial infections. Patient Base is a flexible data tool set with which to create custom epidemiological projections of key patient segments for numerous indications. Data points include incidence/prevalence, diagnosed percentage and population, drug treated population, country, gender, age, comorbidity, and severity. PhysicianForum reports are based on surveys of physicians and managed health-care providers. Each report focuses on a specific therapeutic market and the issues impacting that market.

Find/SVP. 625 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10011, U.S.A. Phone: +1 212-645-4500, Fax: +1 212-6457681. URL: http://www.findsvp.com. Known primarily for its on-demand, contract search services, Find/SVP has grown into a full service research organization, offering a suite of custom business intelligence, strategic market research, and consulting solutions for the consumer, financial, technology, and healthcare industries. Clients may request a range of customized studies, market and industry profiles, and monthly newsletters and alerts. Find/SVP also provides thousands of off-the-shelf market research reports covering biotechnology, diagnostics, healthcare, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals. Prices start as low as $200 and can exceed $30,000 depending on scope. Recent pharmaceutical titles include Markets in Geriatric Medicine, The Worldwide Market for Dermatological Drugs, The Emerging Cancer Vaccine Market, and Strategic Analysis of World Drug Discovery Spending.

The Freedonia Group Inc. 767 Beta Drive, Cleveland, OH 44143, U.S.A. Phone: +1 440-684-9600, Fax: +1 440-6460484. URL: http://www.freedoniagroup.com. Publishes approximately 100 industry research studies per year. Coverage of drugs and drug markets is fairly limited. Reports concentrate primarily on devices, packaging, nutraceuticals, and medical supplies. Each study contains analysis of the economic environment, products and technology, end-use markets, marketing patterns, channels of distribution, competitive strategies, industry structure and market share, and company profiles of leading participants. Also included are analyses and tables of detailed product/market data (historical, as well as forecasts). Coverage focuses primarily on the U.S. Reports range from $500 to $5000 each. Recent titles include Home Medical Devices, Cosmetic Surgery: Products and Procedures, World Pharmaceutical Packaging, and Implantable Medical Devices to 2007.

Frost & Sullivan. 7550 West Interstate 10, Suite 400, San Antonio, TX 78229, U.S.A. Phone: +1 877-463-7678, Fax: +1 888-690-3329. E-mail: [email protected]. URL: http://www. frost.com. Frost & Sullivan offers a range of research services covering nine market sectors. Pharmaceuticals are covered in the Healthcare sector and are further broken down by therapeutic area or indication. Known for their Market Engineering Research methodology, F&S reports offer detailed analysis and market forecasts based on key measurement factors including market size and growth, number of competitors and products, patent applications, brand recognition, replacement rate, sales, and number of customers. Reports are generally organized geographically by region and include an executive summary, introduction, technical review, competitor market shares and profiles, and five-year forecasts.

Pharmaceutical coverage is skewed towards the U.S. and Europe, while the biotechnology and drug discovery publications better represent the Asian and the rest of the world markets. Recent pharmaceutical titles include U.S. Alzheimer's Disease Medications Markets, World Emerging Anti-Obesity Prescription Drug Markets, U.S. Parkinson's Disease Therapies Markets, and R&D Portfolio Management.

Kalorama Information. 38 East 29th Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10016, U.S.A. Phone: +1 212-807-2660, Fax: +1 212-807-2676. URL: http://www.kaloramainformation.com. Kalorama was formerly the Published Products division of Find/SVP. After being sold to MarketResearch.com in 1998, they now market their own brand of research reports covering the pharmaceutical, biotech, diagnostics, and device industries. They offer three types of reports: Market Profiles,

MarketLooks, and DeviceLooks. Market Profiles are in-depth analyses of specific markets based on interviews with industry experts, market modeling techniques, and secondary research. They provide market size; growth rates; market share and profiles of market leaders, including technologies, products, and business strategies; and analysis of major clinical, demographic, and regulatory trends. MarketLooks are detail- and graphic-rich reports consisting of the top-level findings, charts, and graphs from the longer, full-length Market Profiles. DeviceLooks are concise profiles of specific medical device markets providing key market information with a strong emphasis on data and graphics. Most reports are available in PDF format, although a few are hardcopy only. Prices range from several hundred to several thousand dollars. Recent pharmaceutical titles include The Emerging Cancer Vaccine Market, Outsourcing in Drug Development: The Contract Research Market from Preclinical to Phase III, Markets in Geriatric Medicine, and The Market for Lead Optimization Tools and Services: Applying the new "-omics" to enhance drug discovery.

Medtech Insight, LLC. 23 Corporate Plaza, Suite 225, Newport Beach, CA 92660, U.S.A. Phone: +1 949-219-0150, Fax: +1 949-219-0067. E-mail: [email protected]. URL: http://www.medtechinsight.com. Medtech Insight is a provider of business information and intelligence for the medical device, diagnostics, and biotech industries. They acquired the IHS Health market and technology reports business from Medical Data International in 2002 and now offer research reports covering the medical technology market. The main focus of these reports is the U.S. medical device industry. Pharmaceutical topics are few, and coverage of European or international markets is slim. The reports average between $3000 and $5000 and are available in PDF format. Recent titles include Trends and Opportunities in U.S. Orthopedic Markets for Implant, Reconstruction, and Trauma Products; U.S. Markets for Critical Care Patient Management Products; Pharmacological and Device-Based Therapeutic Approaches to Cancer Management; and U.S. Opportunities in Prostate Disease Management.

Nicholas Hall & Company. 35 Alexandra Street, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1BW, U.K. Phone: +44-1702-220-200, Fax: +441702-220-241. E-mail: [email protected]. URL: http:// www.nicholashall.com. Nicholas Hall specializes in over-the-counter (OTC) reporting and analysis. They are, in effect, the OTC equivalent of IMS, tracking sales across all brands and retail outlets, and maintaining a comprehensive database from which they and their corporate clients can run analyses. They also publish regional OTC Market Guides, an annual OTC yearbook, and several other custom reports. Individual titles may be purchased directly in hardcopy or CD-ROM (global license is required). Prices range from $2000 up to $20,000, depending on the scope of the report. Recent titles include Direct-to-Consumer Communication of Rx Medicines, Healthcare in Germany: Turning Crisis into Opportunity, C40: THE NEXT GENERATION—40 OTC Companies in the Spotlight, and Lifestyle Drugs: Patient-Initiated Prescribing: New Opportunities in Sexual Dysfunction, Obesity, and Rejuvenation.

Reuters Business Insight Reports. c/o Datamonitor Plc., Charles House, 108-110 Finchley Road, London NW3 5JJ. Phone: +44-20-7675-0990, Fax: +44-20-7675-7533. E-mail: [email protected]. URL: http://www.reutersbusinessinsight. com. Reuters Business Insight reports are published by Datamonitor in association with Reuters, the global news provider. The aim of these publications is to provide senior level business intelligence by combining Reuters data with Data-monitor's research methodology. The Healthcare reports cover Biotech and R&D, Industry Outlook and Strategy, Cardiovascular, CNS and Pain, Diagnostics, eHealth, Infection, Oncology, and Pricing. These publications provide excellent global coverage of the markets with five-year forecasts and a wealth of figures, tables, and graphs. Reports are available in print, HTML, or PDF format and cost around $1200. Recent titles include Future Growth Strategies: Drivers of Sustainable Development Within the Biotech, Specialty, and Major Pharma Sectors; The Pharmacoeconomics Outlook: Turning Value-for-Money Requirements into a Competitive Advantage, The CNS Market Outlook to 2008, and Harnessing Patient

Power: Strategies for Speeding Drug Approval, Building and Maintaining Market Share.

Scrip Reports. PJB Publications, Telephone House, 5th Floor, 69-77 Paul Street, London EC2A 4LQ. Phone: +44(0) 20 7017-5000, Fax: +44(0) 207 017-6985. E-mail: [email protected] informa.com. URL: http://www.pjbpubs.com/scrip_reports/ index. htm. PJB is a leading publisher of international business news and information services for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries. In addition to research reports, other products include newsletters, such as Scrip and Clinica, and R&D databases, such as PharmaProjects. PJB, headquartered in the U.K., specializes in global coverage of the drug markets. Their Pharmaceutical Company League Tables, published annually, provide R&D expenditures, sales figures, and rankings of over 150 international companies. Many ofthose figures and tables are referenced in other publications. PJB is also a prime source for obtaining global regulatory information. Scrip Reports are classified by subject: Biotechnology, Drug Discovery, E-Strategies, Reference, Regulatory, Therapeutic, and Strategic Management. Reports are available in print, HTML, and PDF format, and range in price from one to several thousand dollars, depending on format. Recent titles include Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery: Commercial Opportunities for Pharma; CEE Accession Countries: Opportunities and Threats for the Pharmaceutical Industry, The Future of Pharmaceutical Innovation, and Pharmaceutical Mergers & Acquisitions: A Critical Analysis.

Theta Reports. 1775 Broadway, Suite 511, New York, NY 10019, U.S.A. Phone: +1 212-262-8230, Fax: +1 212-2628234. E-mail: [email protected]. URL: http:// www.pjbpubs.com/theta/index.htm. Theta Reports, a division of PJB, has been an independent publisher of market research reports for the healthcare sector since 1970. They focus exclusively on the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, and diagnostics industries, gathering their information via primary research and industry interviews. They also offer a customized research and analysis service. Theta Reports offer good coverage of world markets in addition to the U.S. Publications generally provide a thorough overview of the disease(s), technology, research, treatments or other topics discussed, along with market breakdowns by geographic region or segment, and profiles of companies or organizations. Reports range in price from $1500 to $3000 and are available in print or PDF format. Recent titles include Antivir-als: Global Anti-Infectives Markets Vol. I, Point-of-Care Testing: U.S. Markets and Progress, Current and Future Generic Prescription Drugs: Global Market Analysis, and Managed Medicare and Medicaid Markets.

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