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Mandy Jackson

Mandy Jackson is the US West Coast Editor for Scrip Intelligence. Mandy reports on daily biopharma news and regularly interviews everyone from big pharma CEOs to biotech startup founders about the business strategy behind their finance, dealmaking and drug development news. She also has an interest in drug pricing and novel reimbursement strategies, new treatments in areas of true unmet need, and business development trends. Mandy has been a business news reporter for more than 15 years, covering biotech and pharma companies, biotech law and commercial real estate. She is based in San Diego, California – the venue for many medical and biopharma industry meetings.

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Cortexyme Alzheimer’s Study Fails; Drug Slows Cognitive Decline In Some Patients

Atuzaginstat targets a bacteria associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The higher of two doses showed a 57% slowing in cognitive decline in the Phase II/III GAIN trial in mild to moderate patients with P. gingivalis infection confirmed by saliva test.

Clinical Trials Neurology

Finance Watch: Four New IPOs Hold Steady In First Days Of Trading

Public Company Edition: Xilio, Ventyx, MiNK and Context went public in the US and later traded at or above their initial public offering prices. Also, Sarepta raised $500m and Relay grossed $350m in new offerings, while Oncopeptides, Esperion, Zymergen and Ardelyx reorganized and cut jobs.

Financing Business Strategies

Acceleron Investors Want Merck To Pay More, Ask Company To Wait For Better Offer

Avoro Capital, Holocene Advisors and Darwin Global say that Acceleron should sell later for a higher price based on forthcoming data or Merck should raise its bid above $180 per share.

Deals M & A

Biogen’s Q3 Aduhelm Sales Even Worse Than Expected

Analysts expected at least $12m in third quarter sales, but the Alzheimer’s therapy brought in just $300,000. The company says educating doctors and procuring a coverage determination from CMS – not lower pricing – are key to growth.  

Launches Market Access

The Next Big Thing In Gene Therapy Might Not Be Gene Therapy

Gene therapy remains attractive when data show new technologies can advance the field, but gene regulation, editing and RNA therapies are grabbing investors’ attention, panelists said at ARM’s Cell and Gene Meeting on the Mesa.

Gene Therapy Financing

Finance Watch: 2021 Biopharma VC Funding Tops Full-Year 2020 Total

Private Company Edition: The industry raised $28bn in venture capital through the third quarter, breaking the record $27.4bn raised last year. Also, big pharmas backed a start-up lab in Israel, plus mega-rounds for CinCor Pharma ($143m) and Rectify Pharmaceuticals ($100m), while Cerecin raises $40m.

Financing Innovation
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