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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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ASCO 2020: AZ’s Tagrisso Sails Into Early-Stage NSCLC On ‘Momentous’ ADAURA Trial Data

A highly impressive improvement in disease-free survival in ADAURA is set to pitch AstraZeneca’s best-selling product into a new untapped market, early-stage EGFRm NSCLC, reaping a possible $3bn in extra sales.

Cancer Clinical Trials

China Makes Its Mark On R&D Pipeline And Novel Launches

The largest-ever rise in the number of active R&D companies, particularly in China, helped propel an unprecedented increase in the size of the biopharma pipeline in 2019. Meanwhile, the number of new active substances launched in their first market last year dropped as 2018’s superlative performance gave way to something more usual.

Clinical Trials Approvals

Kadmon’s ROCKstar Is Rising On GvHD Therapy Data

Kadmon’s treatment for graft-versus-host disease, belumosudil continues to perform well in its pivotal ROCKstar study, setting the stage for a US filing under the FDA’s pilot Real-Time Oncology Review program.

Clinical Trials Companies

SELECTION Positive For Gilead/Galapagos’s Filgotinib In UC But Will It Be Enough To Compete?

Gilead and Galapagos’s closely watched JAK inhibitor filgotinib has produced some promising Phase IIb/III data in ulcerative colitis. The question now is whether they will be enough to allow the product to put in a strong showing in this competitive market.

Clinical Trials Companies

Executives On The Move: TG Therapeutics Brings Aboard Pioneering Academic Scientist for Its C-Suite, Roche Decides On A Research Exec And Ascendis Announces A New Global Officer

TG Therapeutics, developing treatments for B-cell malignancies, adds an authority in lymphoma as CSO, and Roche hires a Broad Institute exec to head up Genentech’s research and early development. Plus, Ascendis Pharma, with programs in endocrinology/oncology, picks a global chief commercial officer.

Appointments BioPharmaceutical

New Drug Launches Worldwide Dipped In 2019

The number of new active substances launched in their first market in 2019 dropped as 2018’s superlative performance gave way to something more usual.

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