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Esperion’s Nexletol Reaches The Cholesterol Market Priced To Sell

Esperion obtained an on-time approval of Nexletol (bempedoic acid) for a pair of LDL cholesterol-lowering indications on 21 February. 
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Podcast: Living In China's Coronavirus Lockdown; Novartis and England's 'Public Health' Alliance; Biogen's Moment of Truth Approaches

Scrip's Brian Yang describes what life is like in China as the authorities battle to contain the coronavirus, and drug developers race to find vaccine and anti-virals against the new threat. Plus news on Novartis' bold initiative with England on inclisiran, and what lies ahead for Biogen and Alzheimer's treatment in 2020.
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Job Cuts As Polyphor Focuses On First-In-Class Anticancer

Switzerland’s Polyphor has redefined its business strategy and is aiming to become a leaner organization, with a potential first-in-class immuno-oncologic, balixafortide, in late-stage clinical development for breast cancer.

 

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Finance Watch: Revolution Medicines Continues 2020’s Post-IPO Trend

Revolution has just one drug in the clinic, but its focus on KRAS excited IPO investors. Also, Deciphera’s $175m offering leads recent follow-ons and Spruce raises $88m in venture capital.

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GSK Partnership With Immatics Seeks TCR Therapeutics For Solid Tumors

Deal Snapshot: GSK obtains rights to two of Immatics’ TCR targets, following on the German firm’s similar deals in recent years with Celgene, Genmab and Amgen.

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Reverse Merger With Tocagen Takes Forte’s Dermatology Ambitions Public

Deal Snapshot: Forte finds a route to the public markets to support moving its atopic dermatitis drug into Phase II; most of Tocagen’s assets will be sold off.

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Merck KGaA Tightens Focus With Allergopharma Sale

Germany’s family-controlled big pharma, Merck KGaA, is divesting its allergens business, Allergopharma to the fast-growing Munich healthcare company, Dermapharm Holding.

 

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Bharat Biotech Plans Coronavirus Vaccine

After two Indian vaccine makers, Serum Institute of India and Cadila Healthcare joined the fight against COVID-19, Bharat Biotech may follow suit. Others like Hilleman have decided against it for the moment while Panacea Biotech is weighing the pros and cons of developing a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine after a sour experience with H1N1.

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HLB Takes First Expansion Step Via Immunomic Acquisition

South Korea’s HLB has begun a new growth phase by taking over US-based clinical stage biotech firm Immunomic Therapeutics. Through the acquisition, it is poised to add new pipeline assets including a Phase II vaccine therapy for glioblastoma and proprietary lysosomal targeting technology.

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Genfit Delays NASH Data While It Confers With US FDA On Methodology

Genfit will delay unblinding of data from its nearly complete Phase III study of elafibranor to get insight from the FDA on statistical methods in order to optimize its NDA.

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China Uses Old To Fight New As Repurposed Drugs Take Coronavirus Role

Several newly repurposed drugs, including a Bayer antimalarial, have shown potential benefits against the new coronavirus, promoting China to add several to its latest revised treatment guidelines.

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Interview: Novartis's Big Hopes For Beovu

After a strong start in the US, Novartis is now ready to take on Bayer's wet age-related macular degeneration blockbuster Eylea in Europe.

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Japan's BioComo Pursues Novel Ligand Approach To Immuno-Oncology

Japan bioventure BioComo was set up around 10 years ago and has since been honing its technology platform. It is now preparing to move into the clinic with a novel vector for immuno-oncology and to raise new funds to support pipeline development.

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Nanobiotix CEO’s Expansion Plans Target ‘Millions’ Of Patients

Nanobiotix’s CEO outlines to Scrip how the biotech plans to develop and expand its lead asset into multiple cancer indications, and create a blockbuster.

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Teva’s Austedo Fails In Tourette’s Syndrome

Two late-stage trials of Austedo have missed their endpoints in the neurological disorder, meaning Teva will miss out on an additional revenue stream from the VMAT2 inhibitor.

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