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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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Reata Expands Options For Bardoxolone With New CKD Data

Once suspended due to safety issues, bardoxolone now has completed a Phase II study that showed kidney function benefit in four rare types of CKD. A pivotal study is underway, with another planned and more possible.

Clinical Trials Research & Development

Intercept Retakes The Lead In NASH

A week after Gilead missed its primary endpoint in the first Phase III NASH trial, Intercept shows a statistically significant fibrosis benefit in Phase III with OCA. It plans to file for approval later this year.

Clinical Trials Liver & Hepatic

BioMarin Is Carrying The Biggest Target On Its Back, Morningstar Says

BioMarin’s focus on rare diseases and gene therapies and expected financial growth make it a logical acquisition target for almost any large pharma, though Biogen, Amgen and Regeneron also offer a beneficial fit for many.

M & A Business Strategies

Deal Watch: Roivant Spins Out Arvelle, Licenses Epilepsy Candidate From SK Biopharma

Already having launched several portfolio companies, Roivant goes a step further by spinning out CNS specialist Arvelle from Axovant. BI and IBM will incorporate blockchain technology in clinical trials, while AbbVie licenses multiple myeloma candidate from TeneoBio.

Business Strategies Commercial

Affinivax’s MAPS Vaccine Technology Reaches Clinic In Under Five Years

Funded entirely by grants and partnerships to date, Affinivax’s pneumococcal vaccine candidate has begun a Phase I/II study less than five year’s after the biotech’s founding. Firm thinks its technology may eventually apply to immuno-oncology as well.

Vaccines Clinical Trials

In NASH, Gilead Swung For The Fences And Struck Out Again

Gilead took a risky approach with selonsertib in NASH, pursuing a tough liver fibrosis benefit and failing, continuing a trend of disappointments outside of its antiviral franchises. Analysts don’t expect the second Phase III study in less-sick patients to succeed either.

Clinical Trials Research & Development
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