From Publishers Weekly
If you're intimidated by a book that has "single nucleotide polymorphism" in its glossary, perhaps this isn't for you. But if you can get past the occasionally dense material and have at least a passing interest in the exploding sector of biotechnology, this guide really is a wonder. Professors and marketing strategists Simon and Kotler have compiled an overview of biotech that's both readable and incredibly detailed. Seamlessly switching between observations on innovating, branding and acquiring global reach, the authors display a knowledge of the subject that's almost unreal. And while advances like gene therapy and nanotechnology may sound futuristic, the future is in many cases already here-and accounting for possibly "a third of world GDP," the authors note. The writing is sprightly, the structure well-reasoned. There isn't much moral rumination on the issues that trouble so many, such as cloning and the genetic engineering of food. But as an overview of a sector that's becoming more and more critical to the American economy, it's difficult to imagine anything more comprehensive.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Simon and Kotler, distinguished academics, combine their expertise to address the business of biotechnology at three levels--innovation, marketing models, and global strategies. They draw on their consulting experiences as well as research on the global scope of bioscience conducted in the Americas, Europe, and Asia with 300 corporate, R&D, and marketing executives in companies of all sizes. The authors set out to show managers how companies can innovate with bionetworks, win customers with biobrands, and create sustainable advantage worldwide. Among the authors' conclusions are the need to integrate information technology, systems biology, and consumerism; the reality that drug access and price have become lightning rods of consumer and legislator criticism and are a top strategic issue for the biosector; and the fact timing is a key success factor in biopricing. With revolutionary breakthroughs in biotechnology occurring in every sector, from medicine and defense to food and cosmetics, the authors provide a valuable roadmap for growth in the twenty-first century, destined to be called the biotech era. Mary WhaleyCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved