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Lumakras A Big Focus For Amgen; More Data Coming Soon

Amgen reported 5% year-over-year revenue growth to $6.5bn in the second quarter, up 11% from Q1. It did not break out Lumakras sales but detailed upcoming data that may support future indications.

Sales & Earnings Launches

Lilly Is Revved Up About Alzheimer's Opportunity

The upcoming filing of Lilly's Alzheimer's antibody donanemab dominated the company's second quarter call. Lilly is also developing a new blood test to confirm diagnosis and a second-generation antibody. 

Sales & Earnings Research & Development

Sanofi Goes All The Way In mRNA With Translate Bio Buy

Taking full control of partner Translate Bio means that Sanofi is the only big vaccine company with a wholly-owned mRNA platform in-house but observers say it is too early to declare that the Paris-headquartered group has bagged itself a bargain.

M & A Vaccines

Back To The Day Job? AstraZeneca’s Pangalos Looks Ahead To A Post-Pandemic Pipeline

Has AstraZeneca been able to maintain its R&D productivity, even during a pandemic, and with the huge task of delivering a not-for-profit COVID-19 vaccine to the world?AstraZeneca’s Mene Pangalos believes the company has not missed a beat, and can find new energy from finally working together in its new R&D headquarters.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Business Strategies

Podcast: What's Ahead For Aduhelm's Launch And Reimbursement

Scrip and Pink Sheet editors join Datamonitor Healthcare analysts to discuss Biogen's Aduhelm for Alzheimer's disease, including the expected launch trajectory, early commercial barriers to uptake and the Medicare reimbursement environment.

Neurology Launches

Finance Watch: Ten IPOs In One Week Bring 2021 Total To 80

Public Company Edition: This year is just six initial public offerings away from matching 2020’s record-breaking total of 86 biopharma IPOs in the US. Also, Idorsia raised $662.5m through the sale of convertible bonds and Cytokinetics closed a $316.3m follow-on offering. 

Financing Business Strategies

AbbVie To Switch Track In Alzheimer’s From Tau To Beta-Amyloid

Citing the FDA approval of Biogen’s Aduhelm, AbbVie tells quarterly call it will end development of anti-tau Alzheimer’s candidate and seek to develop a quick-acting beta-amyloid therapy.

Sales & Earnings Business Strategies

Pandemic Still Weighs On Gilead’s HIV Business, But Signs Of Recovery

HIV PrEP and treatments saw increases in sales, though the US treatment market’s recovery was slower than expected and may need “several” quarters to return to pre-pandemic levels.

Sales & Earnings Coronavirus COVID-19

Merck & Co. CEO Davis Debuts With A Leaner Organization And Money To Spend

Merck's new CEO Robert Davis talked about his vision for business development and how the company might use the $9bn gained from the spinout of Organon.

Sales & Earnings Deals

Torrent’s Entry Into Indian Trade Generics Signals Strategy Shift

Faced with a slowdown in the US from a lack of regulatory approvals, Torrent Pharma is looking at alternate growth strategies. Its entry into the trade generics segment in India, joining other pharma majors, is one to be watched as it marks a strategic shift.

Commercial Sales & Earnings

Novartis China Drive Paying Off, Sales Soar On Reimbursement Inclusion

Sales of the Swiss drug maker's major plaque psoriasis treatment Cosentyx in China quadrupled in the second quarter, despite its price being slashed by more than 60%.

China Strategy

Pfizer On Boosters, Kids And Prospects For A Long-Term COVID-19 Business

The company raised revenue guidance for its COVID-19 vaccine this year to a staggering $33bn from a prior estimate of $26bn.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Sales & Earnings
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