"We should never be defensive; we should never temper our passion for the positive impact that we can create together for patients, for our economy and for our country. And we should take this optimistic vision of the future and our passion for innovation to policymakers in this country and around the world. "
When's the last time a drug or biotech trade group leader actually stood up for commercialization instead of apologizing for it or stated that commercialization of medical science is the source of most of the world's progress in the past half century? Hugin just didn't restate PhRMA's agenda, he made a case for pushing it without pride.
Celgene's corporate campus is bracketed with banners that proclaim: "Discovered Here. Developed Here. Commercialized Here." It sounds like Hugin is carrying that message into his tenure as PhRMA chair.