SangStat Bets on Focus vs. Size
Up against Novartis, the Swiss marketing giant that now owns the $1.3 billion market for cyclosporine, SangStat insists that its disease management approach to organ transplantation is the right model at the right time.
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The transplantation market has changed considerably since Novartis (via its predecessor, Sandoz) launched the then-revolutionary selective immunosuppressant cyclosporin in 1983. Nowadays, clinicians and patients have many more treatment options--thanks largely to enhanced understanding of immunology--and thus the trend is strongly towards individualized therapy. In response to this shift, Novartis has given up pursuing radically new approaches to treatment and is concentrating on developing a product for every class of drug now used to treat graft recipients.
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