Friday, January 03, 2014

Biopharma blog Pharmalot shuttered

By Bradley J Fikes

Not the best way to open the new year for those seeking information about the biotech and drug industries: Pharmalot, the highly regarded industry blog of veteran journalist Ed Silverman, has been closed without explanation.

The website displays this message:

"UBM Canon has ceased the production of the following brands: Med Ad News,, Pharmalot, eKnowledgeBase and R&D Directions.

"Thank you for your loyalty and support that has played such an important part over the last thirty years.

"We invite you to visit MedTech World or UBM Canon for additional industry news and media resources."

Visitors to Pharmalot's Web site get this brief message explaining that it and sister blogs have been closed. — Screen capture

Silverman faithfully rounded up the day's biotech/pharma news, adding insight to the headlines about what was happening behind the scenes. U-T San Diego archives contain references to stories that Pharmalot broke or where Silverman was quoted.

UBM Canon is a producer of trade shows that bought Pharmalot after it was closed in 2009 by the Star-Ledger, based in Newark, N.J.

Pharmalot's closure was noted with dismay by The Scientist, and Pharma Marketing Blog.

Silverman remains active on his Twitter account, and says he's not retiring.

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