Carly Helfand

Biography for Carly Helfand

Carly Helfand, News Editor

Carly Helfand is a news editor with Fierce's life sciences group, writing for FiercePharma, FiercePharmaMarketing and FierceVaccines. Carly got her start covering pharma while earning her master’s at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she concentrated in business reporting. She has completed journalism projects on four continents, and her work has appeared in various outlets such as The Boston Globe, The Washington Post’s “Wonkblog” and Cape Town’s Weekend Argus. Carly prefers watching pro hockey to nearly everything. She also plays the Irish fiddle. You can contact her at chelfand@fiercemarkets.com and follow her on Twitter at @CarlyHFierce.

Articles by Carly Helfand

Zydus Cadila ups vaccines game with programs for Ebola, Congo fever

The latest drugmaker diving into the Ebola vaccine race? India's Zydus Cadila.

No link between Merck's Gardasil and MS risk, study shows

Merck and partner Sanofi can breathe easy: According to a new study, their blockbuster Gardasil isn't linked to an increased risk of multiple sclerosis.

Valneva picks up J&J's cholera vaccine--and some forthcoming competition

Johnson & Johnson's Crucell is officially out of the cholera space, and France's Valneva is in. And that means it's Valneva that's about to inherit some hefty competition that's coming up through its rivals' pipelines.

Pfizer's growth spurt continues with pickup of Switzerland's Redvax

2014 was a busy year for Pfizer's vaccines unit, and it looks like the pharma giant's ready to keep the ball rolling as the new year kicks off. Just over a month after closing its buyout of Baxter's vaccines unit, it's acquired Switzerland's Redvax for an undisclosed sum.

China green-lights domestic Ebola shot for clinical trials

China has approved a locally developed Ebola vaccine from its Academy of Military Medical Sciences for clinical trials, state news agency Xinhua said Thursday.

GSK shingles candidate hits its mark in hefty Phase III study

More than four years ago, GlaxoSmithKline began a Phase III study of a shingles candidate it hoped would eventually mount a challenge to Merck's Zostavax. Now, that candidate is one step closer after hitting its primary endpoint in that trial.

Baxter backs away from vaccines with Vero tech sale to Nanotherapeutics

Baxter, prepping for a biopharma spinoff, has already revealed that vaccines won't figure into its plans going forward. And Monday, it took it second step to exit the space with a sale of its Vero technology and related assets.

Sanofi adds another quadrivalent to its quiver with Fluzone Intradermal approval

Last year, Sanofi's fourth-quarter flu vaccine sales soared on the introduction of a quadrivalent contender, surging more than 94%. Now, looking to keep that growth coming, the company is adding another four-strain shot to the mix.

New financing helps Anergis take allergy vaccine to Phase III

Strong Phase IIb data for Anergis' birch allergy vaccine, AllerT, was enough to convince all the company's existing investors to come back for a Series B financing round--and some new ones, too. And now, the company has rounded up the cash to take the candidate into Phase III.

Merck wins FDA approval for Gardasil follow-up

Merck's Gardasil follow-up is here, meaning blockbuster sales figures are likely on the way. But the bad news is that they'll come at the expense of the world's second-best-selling shot.