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R&D Directions’ March Issue Profiles 100 Great Investigational Drugs, Talks with Pfizer’s President of Global Research & Development, and More

NEWTOWN, PA, March 29, 2007 – R&D Directions announces publication of its March issue. In this issue, R&D Directions profiles 100 investigational drugs and reviews hundreds of others from Phase I through Phase III.

Currently, thousands of compounds are being developed at large and small companies throughout the world. To be included in R&D Directions’ top 100 list, substances had to show potential in a major or growing therapeutic area and be active in development. Many of the compounds on the list address unmet medical needs. Five of the top 100 great investigational drugs are being developed by Pfizer Inc.

Also in this issue, R&D Directions’ managing editor, Lyle D. Fitzsimmons, talks with Pfizer’s president of global research and development, Dr. John LaMattina, about the specific challenges Pfizer faces as the biggest R&D spender in the industry. LaMattina states, “Pfizer is an A-list celebrity in its field, and we’ve learned to thrive under intense scrutiny.”

Other featured articles in the March issue include, “Secrets for success: Helpful hints for successful clinical investigations,” in which Dr. Mark H. Gotfried, Medical Director at PACT, shares his secrets for long-term success in clinical investigations. Editor Joseph Gialanella discusses strategic changes abroad for Eli Lilly and Co. in “Lilly changes its ways.” Gialanella also presents “A cardiac pact,” explaining a multi-year research alliance between Pfizer and iCardiac Technologies Inc. to develop and validate advanced cardiac safety biomarkers.

About R&D Directions

R&D Directions
provides a one-of-a-kind perspective on the business of pharmaceutical research and development, from discovery through clinical trials and submission. Leaving the hard science to other publications, R&D Directions focuses on pharmaceutical companies’ R&D business strategies and decisions. More than 12,000 readers – comprising senior managers, medical directors, clinical-trial managers, and project managers – receive R&D Directions 10 times per year.  For more information, contact Fran Mehesz at 215-867-0044, ext. 211, or 

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Posted: March 2007