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Fresh from the biotech pipeline—2017

A positive regulatory environment, combined with a raft of drug approvals that included the first US gene therapy, buoyed the sector in 2017. The FDA's flexibility and focus on marketplace competition is likely to galvanize innovators in the coming year. Chris Morrison reports.

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Figure 1: FDA New drug applications (NDAs) and biologic license approvals 1998–2017.
Figure 2: 2017 Number of FDA-approved NMEs by therapeutic category.
Figure 3: CDER NME approval rates by PDUFA cohort.

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Morrison, C. Fresh from the biotech pipeline—2017. Nat Biotechnol 36, 131–136 (2018).

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