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Emerging Company Profile: ENYO Pharma has been around for barely four years, but it is already advancing its lead programs into Phase II trials in hepatitis B and NASH, and anticipates many more uses for its virology-based platform that will go way beyond treating virus infections.
Sanofi completes the transition of its infectious disease unit to Evotec. Perhaps not yet done with virology, Gilead licenses technology for HIV/hep B vaccines from Hookipa.
Presenting Phase IIb data on FLU-v, specialized CRO hVIVO now hopes to secure a big pharma partner for Phase III studies and commercialization of the universal flu vaccine candidate. The product has been developed in a joint venture with SEEK.
Just weeks after Johnson & Johnson halted development of its BACE inhibitor for Alzheimer's and a few months after Merck & Co failed at Phase III, Lilly and AstraZeneca end trials of lanabecestat.
Janssen, the Institute of Cancer Research and patient groups have reacted with disappointment to NICE draft guidance recommending that Zytiga should not be funded by England's National Health Service in a subset of prostate cancer patients. But the existence of an academic study has complicated the situation in an unusual way, and Janssen still hopes to steer a path to reimbursement.
Having scored a commercial hit with Darzalex in myeloma, Janssen is looking to speed label expansions to the drug to enable it to intercept earlier in the disease. Janssen R&D executive Craig Tendler explained the importance of addressing smoldering myeloma and of recognizing minimal residual disease as a valid surrogate marker in trials.