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Joseph Haas

Joseph Haas is a senior writer for Informa’s pharmaceutical news publications, with more than eight years covering the biopharmaceutical industry. He previously worked in public affairs for a real estate trade association and wrote about housing and real estate before moving into healthcare. Most recently, he was managing editor of a newsletter publisher, leading its coverage of the implementation of the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit. Joe’s areas of expertise include business development, mergers and acquisitions, infectious diseases and liver diseases, including hepatitis C, hepatitis B and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). He edits the popular Deal Watch column and enjoys profiling start-up companies. 
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Early Yutiq Approval Gives EyePoint Two Ophthalmic Drugs To Launch In 2019

Yutiq, for posterior uveitis, will compete with two existing steroid products and should launch during the first quarter of 2019. EyePoint’s Dexycu, although approved in February, is still in scale-up and probably will launch a bit later.

Approvals Ophthalmic

Bristol’s Checkmate-331 Failure Not Likely To Endanger SCLC Labeling For Opdivo

Opdivo failed to meet an overall survival endpoint in a Phase III confirmatory study in small-cell lung cancer. But several analysts think Bristol will keep the SCLC labeling obtained in August due to lack of treatment options for these patients.

ImmunoOncology Clinical Trials

Pharma Q3 Results Preview: J&J, Novartis & Roche

Investors are keen to see how J&J's Remicade is holding up to biosimilar competition, especially now that Zytiga generics are on the way. Novartis is likely to play up the potential for new launches like siponimod in multiple sclerosis and Aimovig in migraine, while Roche is expected to continue delivering strong performance for core brands and expansion plans for Tecentriq.

Sales & Earnings Companies

Asia Deal Watch: Alvotech Signs On To Biosimilar Manufacturing JV In China

With partner CCHN, Alvotech will help finance construction of a biologics facility in Changchun, China. Novartis will work with Cellular Biomedicine to produce Kymriah for China, and will gain access to its CAR-T platform.

Deals Commercial

Celgene’s Positive Phase III Data For Otezla In Scalp Psoriasis Could Yield Broader Label

Celgene estimates 80% of moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis patients experience the disease in their scalps, meaning positive data in this indication could broaden the market opportunity for Otezla substantially. Novartis’ Cosentyx got scalp psoriasis added to its US label in February.

Life Cycle Management Research & Development

Akcea Expects Convenience Edge For Tegsedi, Despite Monitoring Requirements

Approved two months after Alnylam’s Onpattro, Tegsedi is priced almost identically in the same hATTR indication. Ionis affiliate Akcea hopes weekly subcutaneous administration will provide convenience benefit compared to I.V. Onpattro.

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