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Merck's Keytruda Doubled PFS In Some Colorectal Cancer Patients In ASCO Late-Breaker

Pembrolizumab should be considered the new standard of care as first-line therapy in patients with microsatellite instability high (MSI-H) metastatic colorectal cancer, KEYNOTE-177 investigator André said.

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Tech Transfer Roundup: Inside The Law That Transformed The Research Landscape

The Bayh-Dole act of 1980 facilitated deal-making between private-sector firms and research institutions, largely seeding the US biotech industry. Plus, an overview of the latest tech transfer deals.

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Argenx Builds Presence As Efgartigimod Positive In Pivotal Myasthenia Study

The European biotech argenx has reported positive top-line results for its FcRn antagonist efgartigimod in generalized myasthenia gravis in the Phase III ADAPT study, and is planning to market the product itself in the US, Japan and major EU countries.

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US Phlow Model And Drug Nationalism: Do Indian Firms Need To Be Watchful?

The new US public benefit pharma manufacturing firm Phlow has received significant federal funding in a bid to improve domestic supply security. Scrip speaks to prominent executives in India's industry over whether this model, if widely replicated, could put at risk the clout and market access plans of the Indian generic industry, a major supplier to the US market. 


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Merck's Keytruda Doubled PFS In Some Colorectal Cancer Patients In ASCO Late-Breaker

Pembrolizumab should be considered the new standard of care as first-line therapy in patients with microsatellite instability high (MSI-H) metastatic colorectal cancer, KEYNOTE-177 investigator André said.


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China's New Hong Kong Security Law To Derail Biotech IPOs?

A new national security law passed by China is expected to bring an uncertain future to many health companies eyeing a possible listing in Hong Kong.

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Takeda Culls Shunned Ex-Shire Asset After EC Lifts Antimonopoly Concerns

Japanese firm says it will end SHP647 development after trying unsuccessfully to find takers for GI drug similar to its blockbuster Entyvio, first flagged by European authorities over competition worries.

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Sun Flags Up New Prescriptions Drought Amid COVID-19

Sun Pharma says that the first quarter of 2021 will likely be challenging across the industry with a lull in new prescriptions in India, especially in the acute and semi-chronic segments. But the firm remains upbeat about its lead psoriasis asset Ilumya, which has inched close to the $100m sales mark in its first full year of commercialization.

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Torrent Outlook Muted On COVID-19, Regulatory Concerns

After a tepid performance in the fiscal fourth quarter, Torrent expects its key markets India, US and Brazil to be impacted by the COVID-19 fallout as well as a lack of visibility on regulatory approvals for its manufacturing facilities.

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‘Business Unusual’: COVID-19 Brought Commercial Changes To Pharma And It May Stick

The pharmaceutical selling model will be modified even after the immediate COVID-19 pandemic crisis abates, the consulting firm ZS Associates predicts, citing new research.

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Gilead Partnership With Arcus Brings PD-1, TIGIT Assets To Its IO Portfolio

The 10-year partnership brings Arcus up-front funding with ample earnout opportunities, while Gilead gets extensive opt-in rights and an equity stake it can increase – and potentially a wholly owned dual checkpoint combination.

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Coronavirus Update: Sinovac Gets $15m Towards CoronaVac Phase II, Remdesivir Early Access In UK

Multiple vaccine and drug developers across the world report progress and partnerships amid volatility in their shares. 

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US Medicare Insulin Demo Could Expand To Other Drugs

Eighty-eight insurers who offer Medicare Part D plans are interested in the demonstration project, which would limit insulin copays to $35.

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No Love From US: Senate Bill Deals Blow To Aspiring China Biotechs

In a bipartisan move, the US Senate is moving to impose new rules on companies - including those from China - seeking US initial public offerings, adding further uncertainty over such plans and further stoking trade tensions.

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Bavencio’s Survival Benefit Confirmed In Front-Line Maintenance Therapy For Advanced Urothelial Cancer

Further details of Merck KGaA/Pfizer-funded JAVELIN Bladder 100 study presented at this year’s ASCO confirm avelumab’s survival benefit when used as front-line maintenance therapy in patients with advanced urothelial cancer that has not progressed following initial chemotherapy.

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Job Cuts As Nordic Nanovector Extends Cash Runway

Shrinking cash and COVID-19 uncertainty have prompted Nordic Nanovector to slash costs and focus purely on its lead asset’s pivotal trial in third-line follicular lymphoma.

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Coronavirus Update: Sinovac Gets $15m Towards CoronaVac Phase II, Remdesivir Early Access In UK

Multiple vaccine and drug developers across the world report progress and partnerships amid volatility in their shares. 

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