• Seeking to Understand.

    Interviewing leaders of industry, academia, and government at Partnering for Cures, New York.
  • On the Way to the Top.

    Timmerman Report Helps You Navigate All the Hazards.
  • Convening the Community

    Thanking attendees at the TR launch party in Cambridge, Mass. April 2015


Timmerman Report is an independently-owned subscription publication that provides timely, in-depth biotech news and analysis. It’s for anyone who seeks to understand new drug development, diagnostics, genomics, and other technologies that are changing medicine.

I’m looking for the true innovations, the emerging trends, the market forces, and the characters at work. Because I’ve been covering the industry for more than a decade—through two busts and one and a half booms—I bring context to stories that few can match. Readers should expect big picture perspective, and a steady drumbeat of news, features, and original commentary.

This type of in-depth reporting will help prepare you for your next big meeting, find a partner, jump on an investment opportunity, hire an up-and-comer, get to know the people you work with, or land a job.

My goal is to write accessibly for all of you: in a way that specialized readers can appreciate and lay readers can understand. It’s the sort of clear, probing and contextual journalism that never goes out of style.

I look forward to serving you, the biotech reader, for years to come.

Luke Timmerman
February 2015


What do you cover?

I focus on the full spectrum of science, technology, medical evidence, regulatory issues and business strategy. I study how these things affect all kinds of organizations—everything from startups on their first $1 million to academic institutions to established companies. Subjects range from cancer to Alzheimer’s to genetic diseases and conditions that scientists are only beginning to adequately define.

A few examples of the kinds of reporting I do:

    • Broke the first story about Juno Therapeutics, one of biotech’s biggest startup financings ever.
    • Was among the first to recognize the significance of the FDA’s Breakthrough Therapy designation.
    • Aggressively covered the devastating impact on biotech venture capital that followed the financial crisis.
    • Urged investors to reject Roche’s takeover bid for Illumina at less than $45 a share. Illumina prevailed and climbed to nearly $200 a share.
    • Anticipated the transformative effect of social media in biotech.
    • Called for a constructive dialogue on ways drugmakers can rebuild their reputations. That column was circulated widely among pharma executive teams.

What don’t you cover?

News you can find all over the Internet.

I have a story idea or tip for you.

Send me a note at luke@timmermanreport.com. Or, send an anonymous tip.

Do you run guest posts?

Yes, Timmerman Report will occasionally run guest editorials. These posts should generally be about a timely, relevant theme to biotech industry professionals; be written in a clear, conversational style consistent with the site; have a clear opinion that isn’t complete conventional wisdom; and be 800 words or less. If I decide to accept your submission, I will give it significant editing attention to help you improve your writing. It’s one advantage of posting on Timmerman Report. Email submissions to luke@timmermanreport.com.

Can I share my subscription?

No. Your $99 subscription is for you as an individual only. See the Terms of Use. If you need a corporate license, please call me at 206-419-7575.

Do you offer a corporate license?

Yes. This license grants companies the right to share Timmerman Report content freely within their companies, based on average estimated usage. Call me at 206-419-7575 to place an order on one of four tiers:

Small: 50 employees or less / 5 readers: $500 

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X-Large: 5,000+ employees / 100 readers: $10,000

How often do you publish?

About 3 stories per week. The Timmerman Report is focused on spending enough time on each story to deliver quality reports.

How will I know when there's a new story?

You’ll get an e-mail as soon as the story is published, plus a weekly roundup e-mail. All story alerts will be posted right away on Twitter: @TimmermanReport

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About Luke Timmerman

Meryl Schenker Photography

Luke Timmerman is an award-winning journalist who has been covering biotechnology since 2001. Luke has written about the industry for a regional mass media publication (The Seattle Times), a global financial audience (Bloomberg News), and a successful online startup (Xconomy). He is working on his first book, “Hood: Trailblazer of the Genomics Age.”

Luke was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Biotechnology” by Scientific American Worldview in 2015. He has won a number of reporting prizes, including the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award, the Association of Health Care Journalists Award, and has twice been named a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award, the highest honor in business journalism. Luke is a regular commentator on KUOW, Seattle’s public radio station, and is a frequent speaker and moderator at biotech industry events. A farm boy from southwestern Wisconsin, Luke went on to earn his bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997. For the 2005-2006 academic year, he was selected as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT.

In his spare time, Luke enjoys running, mountaineering (hence, the mountain logo), fantasy baseball, and watching the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers. He lives in Seattle with his wife and daughter. When he’s not banging at his keyboard or flying to biotech conferences, you can find him running on the Myrtle Edwards Park trail or lugging a heavy backpack up the Blaine Street Steps.