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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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At Novartis’s first R&D day since he took the helm, new CEO Vas Narasimhan told Scrip about how the company plans to build value through its newly acquired breakthrough technologies and what deals it is looking for next.

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Novartis Gives Up On Rituxan Biosimilar For US Market

Thwarted by the FDA, Novartis sees better opportunities for other biosimilars in its portfolio and has decided not to pursue a refiling for its version of Roche's blockbuster Rituxan. However CEO Vas Narasimhan told Scrip that the US remains very much a focus of the group's biosimilars strategy.

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Plasmapheresis with Grifols’ Albutein could provide a new treatment avenue for Alzheimer’s disease, but more data will be needed to convince.

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The Darkest Hour Is After DAYBREAK For Lundbeck’s New Antipsychotic

The first Phase III study for Lundbeck’s novel antipsychotic flops leaving the Danish company shares down by 25% as investors wonder what’s left in the pipeline.

Clinical Trials Research & Development

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Merck & Co.’s IO powerhouse Keytruda has trumped Bavencio’s recent Inlyta combo PFS win in kidney cancer, with a OS and PFS combo hit of its own. But the field is getting increasingly crowded. 

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On the brink of an expanded US approval for asthma, Sanofi/Regeneron’s interleukin-4 receptor blocker Dupixent has produced positive topline Phase III data in a lucrative third indication, rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps.

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