Friday, April 29, 2005

Song of Soon-Shiong

I know I've told this one before, but for some reason I just can't get enough of these stories about mavericks coming in from the fringe to collect their cash and have the last laugh.

The Mavericks: Patrick Soon-Shiong - doctor, pioneer, billionaire (Razor Magazine)

    Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong is no ordinary doctor. Born in South Africa to parents who emigrated from China, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong moved to Los Angeles in 1980 and took a faculty position at UCLA's medical school. Known for taking on difficult cases, at age 34 he successfully performed the school's first whole pancreas transplant, saving the life of a diabetic woman.

    Soon-Shiong left UCLA to open American BioScience, a private development laboratory which focuses on nanoparticles, a science aimed at making injectable medicines. Through this research he developed Abraxane, an experimental breast cancer treatment that was found to significantly slow tumor growths with fewer side effects than traditional chemotherapy drugs. In January of this year, the FDA approved Abraxane, opening the door to nanotechnology, and making Soon-Shiong one very rich man.

    With the announcement, stock in American Pharmaceutical Partners (APPX), which will market and sell Abraxane as well some 130 generic injectable drugs, shot up 50 percent. Soon-Shiong, who is executive chairman and majority shareholder, predicts sales of Abraxane will run between $125 million and $155 million this year - and analysts predict it will generate $250 million in 2006 - meaning a hefty payday for Soon-Shiong, who is already worth an estimated $1.2 billion. More here

A Spoonful of Nano
Abraxane again
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