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Advanced Tissue Sciences Inc.: learning from the past, a case study for regenerative medicine.

Authors
  • Pangarkar, Nitin
  • Pharoah, Marc
  • Nigam, Avinav
  • Hutmacher, Dietmar W
  • Champ, Simon
Type
Published Article
Journal
Regenerative medicine
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2010
Volume
5
Issue
5
Pages
823–835
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2217/rme.10.66
PMID: 20868336
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

On 31st March 2003 Advanced Tissue Sciences (ATS) was liquidated, with the effect that in excess of US$300 million of stakeholder financing was destroyed. Although successful in the development of breakthrough technologies in the regenerative medicine arena and the building of a substantial portfolio of patents, the company never made a profit. In this case study, ATS’ business strategy, market and competitive environment will be discussed in the context of the company’s historical development. A number of important lessons from this case are discussed. From a management perspective the most critical lesson is the importance of effective financial planning and management of costs, and in particular R&D costs, including the significant costs associated with clinical trials. In addition, a clear strategic focus is extremely important due to the significant resources required in the development of a new therapy. From an investor’s perspective the lessons to be gathered from the ATS case are related to the risk involved in investing in the field of regenerative medicine. This case indicates that both professional and private investors did not fully question the validity of ATS’ business strategy and financial forecasts. A clear and focused strategy based on long-term investor commitment is essential for the successful commercialization of regenerative medicine.

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