Lacerta Bio is a business development consultancy specializing in identifying, assessing, negotiating, and closing licensing and partnership opportunities for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and drug delivery industries.

We also work with and support internal business development teams with market research, competitive intelligence, financial modeling, and other support services.

If you need assistance finding or assessing business development and/or partnership opportunities, contact us at

Current Projects

China: Opportunities to Access Partnerships and Capital  
Posted on Feb 14, 2015


Would You Like To Expand Your Business Into China? Or Perhaps You Seek An Investor or Development Partner? Through our local partners in China, we can help you navigate this rapidly growing, but complex market. Indeed, China is a large and growing opportunity for Western life science companies, as: Life Science in China is Booming –

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Seeking Parenteral & Ophthalmic Products for In-Licensing  
Posted on Jan 21, 2016


Lacerta Bio is seeking both parenteral and ophthalmic (topical) products for in-licensing on behalf of a US-based client.  Key criteria are: > Products which can be developed via the 505(b)(2) regulatory process in the US > No specific therapeutic area or indication > Injectable could be infusion, prefilled syringe, or related presentation > Ophthalmics are

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Novel Anti-Bacterials Available For Licensing  
Posted on Oct 04, 2016


  Lacerta Bio is pleased to present two novel antibiotics with excellent properties on behalf of our client. The first is a peptide antibiotic which inhibits cell wall synthesis, making it suitable for the intravenous treatment of troublesome Gram Positive bacteria, such as MRSA, VRE, and many other resistant pathogens. The second is a liposlycodepsipeptide suitable

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Our Latest Article

NSAIDs: More Bad News 
Posted on May 15, 2017



NSAIDs are an $11-12+ billion market, yet the problems with these drugs continue to make headlines. 

The most recent study examined data from nearly 450,000 patients, and concluded (our emphasis): 

All NSAIDs, including naproxen, were found to be associated with an increased risk of acute myocardial infarction. Risk of myocardial infarction with celecoxib was comparable to that of traditional NSAIDS and was lower than for rofecoxib. Risk was greatest during the first month of NSAID use and with higher doses.

What we found truly astounding is this statement:

NSAIDs exhibited a rapid onset of risk for myocardial infarction in the first week of use.

The first week!

A decent summary of this study is also available here.

This comes on the heels of a variety of reports from folks who want drugs such as diclofenac banned:

“Diclofenac has no advantage in terms of gastrointestinal safety and it has a clear cardiovascular disadvantage…Because it’s been around for so long people have become familiar with it and almost don’t believe it could have a side effect like this.”

In other words, the mere habit of prescribing NSAIDs is causing prescribers to ignore/forget these side effects, which seems rather odd. 


But What Are The Alternatives?

That is the question.


Multimodal Pain Management is gaining some traction. The idea here is to use a combination of safe, low-dose approaches to deal with pain. There are usually different combinations of drugs, and a blend of systemic versus local pain relievers to achieve pain control, especially in the post-op setting.  

A variety of review articles on this approach are available, such as this and this


Devices are making a comeback in some circles. TENS, dTMS, and others are being revisited for patients with chronic pain, again in combination with lower-dose systemic drugs. 


Cannabis legalization continues across the US, and around the world. As of this writing, we may soon have legalization across all of the New England states, in addition to Colorado and several others.

While some older users are simply continuing a practice started during their youth, it is also clear that many older users are doing so for medical reasons, including pain management and hospice support.


Is The Answer in the Pipeline?

MedTrack lists over 700 active programs for Pain, from Preclinical through Phase III.

However, a cursory review suggests that many of these candidates are reformulations of existing drugs, such as tramadol, diclofenac, and even menthol and acetaminophen. 

Now to be clear, we are big supporters of companies who reformulate or improve existing pain products. Prescribers understand these drugs quite well.

So anything that improves their safety and/or efficacy would be welcome (if the payers would agree).

However, innovation in our understanding of pain, which leads to new chemical entities, would be quite welcome.


Moving forward, pain management will remain complex. Cheap NSAIDs will be favored by payers, but their inherent side effects will limit their use. The alternatives are increasingly complex and increasingly costly.

New Chemical Entities are desperately needed, but demonstrating superiority sufficiently to convince favorable reimbursement could be a challenge.



Latest Posts

Control or Collaboration – Value Creation & Success Focus 
Posted on May 12, 2017

  The following commentary is from Mr. Tom Brya, Managing Director at Titenare GXL. Titenare is an international consultancy providing integrated, knowledge-based services and  solutions to pharma companies internationally. For further information, please visit The pharma business model is rapidly moving towards a PwC 2009 prediction, which said that the industry will become collaboration-centric. This was

Biosimilars: Who wants to play this game? 
Posted on Apr 14, 2017

     A recent post by Robert Wessman of Alvogen pointed out that some companies are abandoning their efforts in the biosimilars markets. Amgen, for instance, recently decided to postpone the launch of a biosimilar version of adalimumab until litigation issues are resolved, which could take years (if ever). By the way, adalimumab is a

Visit to England: What Did We Learn? 
Posted on Apr 04, 2017

We just returned from a brief trip to England, where we met with a client, plus a few friends and colleagues. Over several meetings and meals, three issues consistently came up during conversation: Terrorism, Brexit and Trump. Terrorism – The United Kingdom is no stranger to terrorism, as this lengthy list of terrorist attacks in London illustrates. The

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