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Brian Yang

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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BeiGene Unveils New Cancer Drug Plant With Eye On Affordability

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Commercial Strategy

Set, Ready, Walk: Gilead Unveils Sovaldi Strategy In China

Rapid regulatory changes in China are expected to trigger a flurry of new drug launch activities. As Q3 earnings season plays out, Gilead COO Kevin Young talks about doing ‘the right thing’ while rolling out products like the high-priced Sovaldi in China's private-pay market.

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China Cuts Drug Approval Timelines, Sets Tough Penalties On Individuals Violating R&D Or Safety Rules

Newly released registration proposals signal the Chinese regulator’s intent to foster an environment that is conductive to innovation. Expedited new drug approvals alongside strict control over quality are key elements of these proposals.

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Asia Executives To Watch: Alcon Japan New President, AZ International EVP

Autumn has brought a flurry of personnel changes with Kyowa FujiFilm getting a new president and AZ a new executive vice president for the international region. Fosun and the medtech firm, Median Technologies, have also seen personnel movement.

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