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Case Study Prompt

Two large branded pharmaceutical companies are merging. The head of development (pre- clinical and clinical) has a declining budget and wants to re-think his portfolio. He currently uses a spreadsheet to evaluate his portfolio which contains columns for the chemical name, estimated launch date, and lead indication.

  • There are 60 drugs in development with 1/3 in clinical trials, 2/3 in pre-clinical development.
  • It takes 10 years to bring a drug from pre-clinical to launch and there is large attrition along the way.
  • Assume that this is a U.S. launch only, that there is no bundling, and that each compound represents a novel therapy.

Essentially, your client wants you to add a column for the current market value of the partially developed drug so that he can evaluate which ones to push through development.

How do you do it?

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