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Turning Drug Development Chaos into Order for an NDA

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Turning Drug Development Chaos into Order for an NDA


The average approval time often takes 10-15 years from Phase 1 to approval. The cost of drug development for sponsors ranges from $314 million to $2.8 billion. The milestone of submitting a New Drug Application (NDA) for approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is typically a high priority.

Considering the time and cost considerations, a small biopharmaceutical company with a targeted oncology pipeline approached Halloran Consulting Group (Halloran) requesting Development Program Management with regulatory expertise to assist with their first NDA filing to the FDA.


The company received multiple regulatory designations (orphan, fast track, breakthrough designation, priority review and real-time oncology review) to accelerate their approval pathway. However, they lost their Development Program Manager, recently hired a Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, and their internal development team was not fluent in NDA submissions.

As a result, the company had timelines that were not adequately managed, incorporated new resources that changed internal dynamics, and did not have a catalyst to propel development towards the NDA.


Halloran engaged the company by addressing their key internal infrastructure gaps relating to communication, governance, process, resources, tactical strategy, and timelines.

Halloran put the following infrastructure in place:


The company evolved from a fragmented organization to an integrated unit propelled by proper planning, communication, collaboration, and high performance. This new framework enabled the team to successfully submit their first NDA to the FDA.

Program Management at Halloran

Halloran’s Program Managers define the strategy within their clients’ cross-functional teams and lead the development program through execution. Halloran’s interim Program Managers offer their clients a competitive advantage through their integrated insights and learnings from the development of similar types of products in the industry.

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Cited Sources

[1] PhRMA. ‘Biopharmaceutical Research and Development: The Process Behind New Medicines’.

[2] Terry, M. ‘The Median Drug Development Cost is $985 Million, According to New Study.’ Biospace, 2020.