GlaxoSmithKline Hopes for 14 New Drug Successes in 2013-14
Published: Dec 04, 2012
GlaxoSmithKline expects to have pivotal clinical trial results on up to 14 medicines in the next two years, including two new products which - if they work - could change the way cancer and heart disease are treated. Unveiling the next wave of its pipeline on Monday, Britain's biggest drugmaker said it was now developing a broader range of drugs than in the past, as it moves away from the industry's traditional focus on "blockbusters". Some of the new medicines will be relatively small commercially but a handful have the potential to become multibillion-dollar-a-year sellers. GSK is banking on the pipeline to revive its business after it failed to grow sales this year as hoped, due to steep pressure on drug prices in austerity-hit Europe. Chief Executive Andrew Witty said he did not expect any significant increase in costs as a result of the roll out of new products and GSK would continue to look for ways to increase efficiency across the business. "We feel very comfortable, particularly through 2013 and into 2014, that we can manage both with a broadly flat R&D budget and also without significant increases in our commercial organization," he said. Key experimental drugs that will have results from final-stage Phase III clinical trials in 2013 and 2014 include the heart drug darapladib and therapeutic cancer vaccine MAGE-A3, the company said in a briefing to investors and analysts. Both drugs are potentially high-reward but also high-risk, since they represent new medical approaches, and analysts have been reluctant to attribute substantial sales forecasts to either.