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Alex Shimmings

Alexandra has more than 20 years' experience covering pharmaceutical and biotech R&D. An early interest in medicine, and a dawning realization that being a doctor was not for her, led to a degree in Biochemistry and Microbiology at the University of Leeds, and a move to London to pursue a career in medical journalism. Now Scrip's Managing Editor, Alex has held a variety of roles on the publication since starting as a science reporter in 1998. She instigated some of Scrip's signature features, such as the Pipeline Watch and New Active Substance lists, and also casts an editorial eye over the annual Scrip Awards. Alex's main work interests lie in novel drugs and pharmaceutical and biotech R&D, and she also enjoys medical history and current affairs.
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TIME-2b Disappointed: Aerpio’s Lead Product Fails In Diabetic Retinopathy

As its lead product fails at Phase IIb in diabetic retinopathy, Aerpio’s attentions turn to its other potential indications, but investors will need more convincing that this strategy will pay dividends.

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Allergy Therapeutics Stumped As Birch Product Fails At Phase III

A strong immunological response to the PQ Birch vaccine did not translate into any appreciable reduction in symptoms in the Phase III trial, leaving the UK firm perplexed, and its share price southwards.

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Galderma’s First-In-Class Biologic Chases Eczema Spoils

Galderma’s novel biologic is heading for Phase III studies in moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis as the race to join Dupixent in an expanding market hots up.

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Roche’s EU Accelerated Assessment Bid For Tumor Agnostic Entrectinib Backfires

A decision to yoke together two indications in one EU accelerated assessment filing for the anticancer has backfired on Roche and left the product at even more of a disadvantage compared with Bayer’s Vitrakvi in the tumor-agnostic setting.

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Novavax Looks To Secondary Endpoints As Phase III RSV Vaccine Trial Fails

Novavax’s shares plunged 67% on news that its Phase III trial for RSV had failed, but are there signs of life for the product?

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Scrip's Guide To Spinal Muscular Atrophy Therapies

INFOGRAPHIC: The prospects for patients with spinal muscular atrophy, the leading cause of genetic death in infants, have  been revolutionized by the arrival of the first approved drug for the disease, Biogen’s blockbuster Spinraza. Now, other firms with equally revolutionary product candidates are giving chase. Scrip takes a look at the main contenders.

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