Failed Male Contraceptives

Pharmaceutical companies have largely abandoned the effort to create male birth control, even though a John Hopkins University study estimated that there could be a 44 million-customer market across 9 countries alone.

“That has left a scrappy tribe of scientists to fill the void,” writes Emily Anthes. In a new article for Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Anthes explores the challenges to successful innovation—including years of failed attempts, the lifelong nature of spermatogenesis and uncharted regulatory waters.

Anthes quotes University of Washington researcher John Amory: “The joke in the field is that the male contraceptive has been five years away for the last 40 years.”

Source: Bloomberg

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