Teva Pharmaceuticals' JEREMY LEVIN 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Incoming Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. President and CEO Jeremy
Levin, who will succeed Shlomo Yanai next month, has been reviewing the
company’s drug development process. He has not ordered the suspension of drug
development, at least for most drugs.
Teva is developing more than 70
innovative drugs, mostly acquired through the acquisition of Cephalon for $6.8
billion last year. Levin, who previously managed strategy for Novartis AG, is
reviewing Teva’s drug development system ahead of his taking office next month,
so at least until then no decisions are expected over the development of which
drugs will be pursued, and which will be terminated.
The review process
is routine as part of Levin’s taking office. In the past few months, he has been
studying Teva with Yanai. Sources say that the cooperation between the two men
has been exceptional.
When Teva announced Levin’s appointment at a
special press conference in late 2011, Levin implied that Teva would focus on
the development of innovative drugs. Development costs of such drugs are high,
but the payoff on success can be even higher in terms of profits.
multiple sclerosis intravenous treatment drug, Copaxone, is a good example. It
is the leading global treatment for the disease, accounted for an estimated one
third of the company’s profits. Teva is trying to develop new brand drugs to
take its place when its patents expire in 2014-2015.