Recommended Resources

The following links, books and articles have proven insightful to me. These resources helped create the websites for James Samanen Consulting. Some of the material is readily available if the reader joins the related organizations or attends the related meetings.


Guide to Drug Development, A Comprehensive Review and Assessment”, Bert Spilker, Wolters Kluwer, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, New York, 2009

Drugs, from Discovery to Approval”, Rick Ng, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009

Website on Stage-Gate Organization,

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) Fourth Edition, 2008

The Standard for Portfolio Management, 2nd Ed. p. 6, Project Management Institute, 2008

Cox, Jeff; Goldratt, Eliyahu M. (1986). The goal: a process of ongoing improvement. [Croton-on-Hudson, NY]: North River Press

Useful Articles and websites

“The druggable genome”, Andrew L. Hopkins and Colin R. Groom, Nature Reviews Drug Discovery 1, 727-730 (September 2002)

Howard and Chefetz, “Ultimate Learning Guide to Microsoft Office Project 2007”,

Eric Uyttewaal, “Dynamic Scheduling with Microsoft Office Project 2003”,

Microsoft Project Users Group (MPUG)

“Rediscovering the Sweet Spot in Drug Discovery”, David Brown and Giulio Superti-Furga, Drug Disc. Today, 8, (23) 106-1077 (Dec. 2003).

FDA white paper “Innovation or Stagnation” , 2004

DiMasi, J. A. & Grabowski, H. Economics of new oncology drug development. J. Clin. Oncol. 10, 209–216 (2007)

DiMasi, J. A., Hansen, R. W. & Grabowski, H. The price of innovation: new estimates of drug development costs. J. Health Econ. 22, 151–185 (2003)


Project Management Institute
The authority on project and portfolio management for any industry.

Drug Information Assocation
Highly useful meetings

Joining this group puts you in touch with fellow project and portfolio managers in your area and provides the access to the presentations that have been given at all chapters in the US. This is good stuff!


Cambridge Healthtech Institute
Expensive but information packed meetings, e.g. Strategic Resource Management & Portfolio Management, typically in the fall.

Whitepapers, eBooks and Webinars from James Samanen Consulting

We have prepared a series of whitepapers and webinars on Discovery Management, Project Management, and Portfolio Management that may be of interest to your organization. One is available as an eBook.

To learn more about content and pricing please go to the relevant sections under Services Provided.

If a whitepaper or ebook is of interest to you please Contact Us. to discuss purchase. Webinars are live presentations that can be arranged.

Discovery Management

Small Molecule, Peptide and Protein-Based Drugs, The Differences and Similarities – eBook, webinar

Managing Risk and Value in Biopharmaceutical R&D – whitepaper, webinar

The Differences between Discovery & Development Project and Portfolio Management Come Down to the Level of Risk – whitepaper, webinar

Project Management

Bare Essentials for Managing Your Project – webinar

Project Leader Authority – Make It Enough – webinar

Project Management for Consultants – whitepaper, webinar

Resource Tracking in Biopharmaceutical R&D – whitepaper, webinar

The Prepared Project Leader – webinar

Portfolio Management

Asset Tracking in Bio/pharmaceutical R&D – whitepaper

Combining Portfolios Through Mergers & Acquisitions – whitepaper

Data Supporting Portfolio Analysis in Bio/pharmaceutical R&D – whitepaper

Examples of Portfolio Views in Bio/pharmaceutical Discovery – whitepaper

Maintaining a Portfolio History in Bio/pharmaceutical R&D – whitepaper

Portfolio Decision Analysis in Biopharmaceutical R&D – whitepaper

Project Identifiers that Uniquely Distinguish Projects in the Portfolio – whitepaper

Portfolio Management Tools of the Trade – webinar

Portfolio Management Challenges to Supporting Corporate Strategy – webinar