Beijing-based Brian Yang is a senior writer in charge of overall China coverage within the APAC Pharma news team. A veteran journalist, he has written extensively on pharmaceutical R&D, regulatory affairs and market access for PharmAsia News. Brian’s intimate industry knowledge and in-depth analysis has won wide praise and helped secure exclusive interviews with top biopharma executives.
He has led a team of writers to provide industry-leading coverage on key issues such as multi-regional clinical trials, priority reviews and go-to-market strategies in a highly-dynamic and fast-changing market, with the on-the-ground coverage consistently ranked among the top-read in PharmAsia News.
Prior to joining Informa, Brian worked as a foreign affairs correspondent for two TV networks and web editor for an international radio station. Trilingual in Mandarin Chinese, English and Japanese, he obtained his BA degree from China and an MA degree from Japan.
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Armed with massive amounts of data, China is poised to make a dent in big data-driven innovation and artificial intelligence applications including smart health. A policy push to encourage the development of novel drugs also means there may be more biotech unicorns and innovative therapies to attract investment inflows.
Chinese biotech companies are raising their profile and increasing their appeals to investors and partners at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference. After billions in investment and increased activity in M&As, China is likely to remain attractive for international companies large and small vying for a slice of investment or pursuing innovative therapies.
2017 may become a banner year for the China FDA as the agency officially joined the ICH process and began aligning more closely with the US FDA, approving over 25 innovative new drugs so far with an increasing focus on treatments for cancer, hepatitis and orphan diseases.
Two new proposals by the China FDA will likely accelerate regulatory approvals of novel treatments for life-threatening and rare conditions in the country. By allowing foreign study data, these proposed norms are expected to prompt international drug makers to engage with local regulators early in their global new drug development process.
Although regulatory improvement in China has raised hopes that more novel drugs will enter the market, a lack of reimbursement and rounds of price negotiations still pose challenges. A recent report sheds lights on some remedies for policy makers and drug makers.
China's internet giants Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent, collectively called BAT, are increasingly tapping into digital health to benefit from recent policy changes, and 2017 saw pharma companies eagerly jump onboard to share the potential gains.