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AstraZeneca Buys Into COVID-19 Antibodies From Newly Launched RQ Bio

The big pharma company and its new partner both expect demand to continue for pre-exposure prophylaxis antibody therapies, for COVID-19 and beyond.

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Stock Watch: One Acquisition Does Not Make A Biotech M&A Boom

Another blow-out quarter from Pfizer provided the impetus for an acquisition. But the history of recent commercial-stage biotech transactions and the risky nature of all early-stage companies suggest that the floodgates will not burst open.

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Gilead’s Lenacapavir On The Move Again As FDA Lifts Clinical Hold

The long-acting HIV drug’s greatest potential is for pre-exposure prophylaxis, where it would compete against ViiV’s long-acting injectable Apretude.

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How Ex-Janssen India Chief Is Steering Bharat Serums’ Ambitions In Women’s Health

Sanjiv Navangul, managing director and CEO, Bharat Serums and Vaccines, in a wide-ranging interview with Scrip, outlines the firm’s game plan to establish itself as a “force to reckon with” in women’s health  -  it goes beyond  drugs and encompasses devices and potentially digital therapeutics as well. The former Janssen India chief also weighs in on the worrying industry-wide input cost escalation scenario and supply chain turbulence.


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Who Were Big Pharma's Top Deal-Makers In 2021?

INFOGRAPHIC: Roche/Genentech was the busiest deal-maker in big pharma for second consecutive year in 2021, followed by Sanofi, Takeda, Lilly, Novartis and Pfizer.

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Bugs As Drugs: The Budding Microbiome Modulator Pipeline

INFOGRAPHIC: The sheer number of micro-organisms in the human body and their functions makes the microbiome a ripe target for therapeutic intervention. While still rather early, data show the microbiome modulator pipeline has immense potential across a range of therapeutic areas, not just in gastrointestinal disease.

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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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Asia Deal Watch: Taiho Brings Cullinan Pearl Back In House

Taiho will pay Cullinan Oncology up to $405m for their joint venture and lead candidate for a form of lung cancer. Plus deals involving Zhaoke/Visus, AnGes/Eiger, Juniper/Helsinn, Peak Bio and more.

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Valneva Hits New COVID-19 Jab Low With EC Contract Termination

Less than a year after signing a major advance purchase agreement to supply its inactivated COVID-19 jab to the EU, Valneva is faced with a termination that could hit its 2022 guidance.

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Boryung’s Two-Track R&D Strategy: Innovative Drugs And Cash Cows

Boryung’s chief technology officer outlines R&D strategy to move forward as a Korea-based global pharma firm and how domestic pharmas are juggling new drug development and generating cash cows.

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Seagen CEO Search Under Way As Longtime Leader Siegall Resigns In Scandal

Chief medical officer Roger Dansey has stepped in as interim CEO until a new one is appointed.

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Kriya Raises $270m To Scale Gene Therapy Platform, Move Into The Clinic

The start-up is built around four business units – technology, manufacturing, R&D and therapeutics – based on internal and external expertise. Kriya will take its first gene therapies into the clinic in 2023. 

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Lilly’s Mounjaro Diabetes Approval Is First Challenge To Novo’s GLP-1 Franchise

The GLP-1/GIP agonist tirzepatide is a key addition to Lilly’s commercial portfolio as the company leans on new products to deliver on volume-driven growth through the current decade. 

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UCB Rocked By US FDA Rejection Of Blockbuster-In-Waiting Bimzelx

The Belgian group’s US launch of Bimzelx could be delayed by up to a year after the FDA hit UCB with a complete response letter which states that "certain pre-approval inspection observations must be resolved” before the drug can get the green light for psoriasis.

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Lecanemab Filing Complicates Biogen's Hunt For New CEO

Lecanemab is now filed for accelerated approval with the US FDA, but the wait for a Phase III readout could impact the hunt for Biogen’s next CEO.

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Eisai’s Lecanemab BLA Filing A Key Step For Ailing Biogen

Aduhelm commercialization was a bust, so Biogen’s next big hope for a potential blockbuster Alzheimer’s therapy is partner Eisai’s amyloid protofibril-targeting antibody lecanemab. 

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Valneva Hits New COVID-19 Jab Low With EC Contract Termination

Less than a year after signing a major advance purchase agreement to supply its inactivated COVID-19 jab to the EU, Valneva is faced with a termination that could hit its 2022 guidance.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccines

Boryung’s Two-Track R&D Strategy: Innovative Drugs And Cash Cows

Boryung’s chief technology officer outlines R&D strategy to move forward as a Korea-based global pharma firm and how domestic pharmas are juggling new drug development and generating cash cows.

South Korea Business Strategies

Bristol’s Opdivo Stumbles On Its Way To First-Line Bladder Cancer Indication

The CheckMate-901 trial failed on one of its primary endpoints, but the company will continue the trial to explore additional primary endpoints.

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