PHILADELPHIA — Without a strong efficacy biomarker in hand Novartis will not advance an investigational drug candidate into clinical development.
“One can say that, except for the very rare instance, Novartis’ approach is that [unless] there is a drug with a really solid biomarker attached to it, we don’t develop it,” Robert Schmouder, executive director of translational medicine at Novartis, said at a Cambridge Healthtech Institute conference on translational medicine, held here last week.

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