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Case Summary

Survivor Scios: Reality Biotech

Case Number: 5-104-016, Year Published: 2004

HBS Number: KEL070

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Authors: Alicia Loffler; Liisa Bayko

Key Concepts

Biotechnology, Product Development, Financing Research, Changing Business Models, Strategic Planning, Management Style, Research & Development, Decision-making Strategies


This case describes the growth of a biotechnology company as it shifts from a service research organization to an integrated human therapeutic company. The case maps the management changes from 1982-1998 as the company responds to volatile market pressures. Survivor Scios can be used to illustrate the challenges of shifting strategies in a research intensive organization. In addition it can be used to point up the different management styles needed at different stages of a company's life cycle. Finally the case demonstrates the unique issues of product development in a biotechnology firm.

Number of Pages: 26

Extended Case Information

Teaching Areas: Biotechnology, Strategy

Geographic: US

Industry: Biotechnology

Organization Name: Scios

Organization Department: Management

Organization Size: Small

Decision Maker Position: CEO

Decision Maker Gender: Male

Year of Case: 1998