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BMS Focuses On Driving Future Growth As Revlimid Generic Launches Near

New product sales doubled from $161m in the first quarter to $344m in Q3 and the R&D pipeline advancing as planned ahead of generic competition for Revlimid, which will begin to launch in 2022.

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GSK’s Shingrix On Recovery Track In Q3 After Pandemic Slump

The shingles vaccine’s move to health care practices, as well as inventory moves, contributed to its 41% sales growth during the quarter after a difficult year due to COVID-19.

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Vifor/Angion Collaboration On Rocky Ground As ANG-3777 Phase III Trial Fails In Kidney Transplant Patients

Vifor and Angion’s ANG-3777 has failed in a Phase III trial for kidney transplant patients at risk of delayed graft function less than a year after the companies sealed a $80m licencing deal for the product. As focus shifts to another rare nephrological indication, analysts express skepticism.

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China Hits Two Billion COVID Jabs But More Effective mRNA Shots Elude

Despite administering a total of 2.2 billion COVID-19 shots, China as the first country to experience the coronavirus outbreak has yet to open its borders, while more effective mRNA vaccines are still nowhere to be found amid apparent delays for the licensed-in lead candidate.

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Scorching COVID-19 Era Returns From India Biotech, Healthcare Funds Outpace The Globe

Early COVID-19 therapies including Gilead’s remdesivir, China-plus procurement policies, vaccine partnerships and a dovish stance by the central bank led to returns on India biotech and healthcare funds outperforming global returns. Meanwhile, funding for e-pharmacies and online consulting firms gathered pace.

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Breast Cancer Trial Enrollment Illustrates Diversity Challenge

INFOGRAPHIC: Data on industry-sponsored breast cancer studies posted on ClinicalTrials.gov shows how much work remains for drug makers to ensure their studies enroll diverse populations.

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Alzheimer’s Disease: Many Failures Before One Success

For Biogen/Eisai’s success with Aduhelm, there were 93 failures in the anti-amyloid field. Scrip took a look back at how the pipeline for amyloid-targeting Alzheimer’s drugs progressed over roughly the past decade to showcase exactly how difficult the Alzheimer’s space has been. 

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Torrent Settles With BMS For Revlimid, Launch Timeline Undisclosed

Torrent has reached a settlement with BMS’ Celgene over oncology blockbuster Revlimid, officials said during a Q2 call, but declined to disclose launch timelines for the generic. Meanwhile, the Indian company continues to evaluate an option to enter the injectables segment in the US as revenues slide.

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Novartis CEO: Oncology Treatment Almost Back To Pre-COVID Levels

The Swiss major's oncology business performed well in the third quarter with Kisqali sales catching the eye despite the specific problems that the pandemic has brought for breast cancer patients.

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B-Ingelheim India Chief On Strategy, Jardiance Challenge, Gender Balance In Pharma

Boehringer Ingelheim’s Country Managing Director for India Vani Manja outlines how she expects to shape the German group’s growth trajectory in the country, while also dealing with the unexpected pre-expiry challenge to the Jardiance patent. The executive also discusses her personal career journey, learnings from her prior role in the US and gives advice to women executives seeking to move up to the higher echelons of the corporate world.

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Lilly Targets Aduhelm With Aggressive Plans For Donanemab In Alzheimer’s

Lilly plans a head-to-head study of donanemab versus Biogen’s Aduhelm to see which clears amyloid plaque better and has begun a rolling BLA toward accelerated approval of the Alzheimer’s drug.

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Cosentyx And Entresto Keep Powering Novartis As Firm Mulls Sandoz Sale

CEO Vas Narasimhan sees Novartis very much as an innovative company so the long-awaited strategic review of Sandoz suggests that the generics/biosimilars business could be spun off or sold fairly soon.

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Biocon Buoyant On ‘Unique Positioning’ Of Partnered COVID-19 Antibody

Biocon management signals the potential of its partnered entry with Serum Institute and Adagio Therapeutics into the communicable diseases segment. Continuing large supply opportunities for COVID-19 vaccines and prospects for boosters, alongside the promising profile of the neutralizing antibody being developed by its US-based partner, also bode well.

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China Offers Level Field In Trade Pact Bid But Multiple Pharma Barriers Remain

China has signaled that it will offer a more level playing field to foreign players as part of a bid to join a major regional trade pact but some see the gesture as offering little real relief and high hurdles remain.

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UCB Frustrated By FDA Failure To Inspect Facility For Psoriasis Drug

The Belgian group is the latest to be hit by the FDA's difficulties in address the growing backlog of facility inspections, leaving bimekizumab in limbo in the US, despite having just been approved as Bimzelx in Europe.

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GSK Shoulder-To-Shoulder With CureVac Over COVID-19 Vaccine U-Turn

The UK major is delighted with the German biotech's decision to throw in the regulatory towel with CVnCoV and concentrate on the firms' collaboration to development a second-generation COVID-19 vaccine. However, GSK is insisting that the partners look at both modified as well as unmodified mRNA approaches, a significant change of strategy for CureVac.

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Biorchestra On Overcoming Challenges For miRNA Therapeutics In Neurodegeneration

After being selected as an awardee of J&J’s Innovation QuickFire Challenge On Neuroscience in June, Korean bioventure Biorchestra has been attracting attention from the global neuroscience community. CEO Branden Ryu talks to Scrip what makes its technology unique and how it aims to meet major unmet needs in RNA therapeutics and neurodegenerative disorders.

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As Teva's Neurology Portfolio Gains Momentum, New Assets Join The Pipeline

Q3 results show Austedo appears headed towards blockbuster status, and the company signed a collaboration with MODAG for two compounds for neurodegenerative diseases.

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Novartis CEO: Oncology Treatment Almost Back To Pre-COVID Levels

The Swiss major's oncology business performed well in the third quarter with Kisqali sales catching the eye despite the specific problems that the pandemic has brought for breast cancer patients.

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