The Top 10 Traffic-Getting Stories at Xconomy San Diego

12/28/11Follow @bvbigelow

A decade ago, when newspaper and magazine editors prepared their rundown of the year’s most important news stories, they really were just choosing the articles that they thought had the most impact. That was old media.

Today, everything is measured and anything can be quantified—at least on the Internet. In cyberspace, people vote with their clicks, and my list of the top 10 stories of 2011 is based on the stories posted on the Xconomy San Diego website (from Jan. 3 through Dec. 23) that attracted the most traffic. That’s new media.

And a new year is beckoning, so it’s out with the old and in with the new.

Believe it or not, some stories published before 2011 still pulled in a lot of interest over the past year. For example, one of the top stories of 2011 was a post I wrote two years earlier about the pervasive skepticism voiced by biofuels industry leaders during the 2009 Algae Biomass Summit in San Diego. It also is noteworthy, although perhaps no surprise, that a 2009 post I wrote about the first human trial of San Diego-based Histogen’s hair regrowth treatment continues to attract readers who are Googling for news about baldness and hair restoration.

The No. 1 story of 2011, however, was surprising—at least to me. It was a commentary about the dramatic changes underway in new treatments for hepatitis C by San Diego Xconomist Steve Worland, the CEO of San Diego-based Anadys Pharmaceuticals. Worland alludes to the spate of new product introductions by Merck and Vertex, and predicts an increasing number of direct acting, cocktail-type antiviral drugs. It’s a hot topic, although Wall Street’s interest might have been piqued as analysts and traders searched to understand why Roche acquired Anadys for $230 million about five weeks after we published Worland’s op-ed.

It’s also worth noting that these high-traffic stories tend to occur in clusters, so in many cases, readers also flocked to related stories, which you can find listed with each story under “related posts.”

Here’s our list of Xconomy San Diego’s 2011 top 10 traffic-getting stories:

1) Dramatic Changes in Hepatitis C Treatment Expected to Continue (9/6/11)

2) Avalon’s Kinsella Calls Out Big Pharma for Bad Behavior That’s Pushing Biotech Ventures Almost to the Point of Extinction (2/17/11)

3) Service-Now Names Software Industry Veteran Frank Slootman as CEO ( 4/26/11)

4) Organovo’s Bio-Printing Technology Yields Unanticipated Revenue from Pharma Partners (7/13/11)

5) Illumina Restructuring Coming After Third-Quarter Sales Fall Short (10/25/11)

6) Isis Spinoff Altair Therapeutics Shut Down After Mid-Stage Asthma Study Fails (2/3/11)

7) Service-Now CEO Fred Luddy Sees a Clear Path to $1 Billion in Annual Revenue (1/11/11)

8) San Diego’s Ligand Takes Advantage of the Great Recession to Build New Drug Pipeline (3/25/11)

9) John Mendlein, Biotech Exec With Surfer Look, Follows Winding Path as Parallel Entrepreneur (1/3/11)

10) Bristol-Myers Acquires Amira Pharmaceuticals for $325 Million, Scoops Up Lung Drug (7/21/11)

And a couple of close runners up that you might find interesting (Call it “old media editor’s prerogative”):

11) Johnson & Johnson Creates Innovation Center for Life Sciences Startups in San Diego (10/18/11)

12) The Active Network Files for IPO (2/15/11)

Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @bvbigelow

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