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COVID-19 Vaccine Gives Moderna $18bn Launchpad Into HIV Vaccine, Cancer Therapies

A rush of additional orders from countries around the world has boosted the company’s prospects, and fueled its ambitions beyond COVID-19.

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GSK’s Dostarlimab Gets EU Nod For Endometrial Cancer

While its NDA languishes at the US Food and Drug Administration, the EMA’s CHMP has said yes to dostarlimab’s marketing in the EU for endometrial cancer.

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BridgeBio Gets First Drug Approval In Ultra-Rare MoCD Type A

Nulibry obtains FDA approval weeks ahead of its action date. Although small patient base offers modest revenue opportunity, approval enables BridgeBio to get commercial operations underway.

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Merck KGaA Bags Exclusive Rights To Develop, Sell Debiopharm’s Xevinapant

Germany’s Merck has licensed exclusive rights to develop and sell Debiopharm’s potential first-in-class inhibitor of apoptosis proteins (IAP) antagonist, targeting head and neck cancers.

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Roche Gets Long-Awaited Green Light For COVID-19 Cocktail In EU

Key committee was asked to fast-track a decision on the antibody cocktail, but lack of mortality data could mean patchy uptake seen in US repeated in the EU.

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Stockwatch: The Pandemic – Where Generics Failed To Reign

If demand-side pressures on the life science sector were not enough, generic price erosion, debt repayment and extended restructurings are worsening the generic pharmaceutical investment proposition.

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Bayer Ponders Road Less Traveled And Trip Savings In Pandemic

Like most CEOs in pharma, Bayer chief Werner Baumann was constantly on the move but "since the middle to the end of the first quarter last year, I haven't traveled at all."

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Takeda’s Andy Plump Tells The Japanese Pharma’s New Story

As Takeda pays down debt associated with the acquisition of Shire and advances R&D programs toward global filings, the company is selling its growth plan to investors – but are they buying?

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Merck KGaA Bags Exclusive Rights To Develop, Sell Debiopharm’s Xevinapant

Germany’s Merck has licensed exclusive rights to develop and sell Debiopharm’s potential first-in-class inhibitor of apoptosis proteins (IAP) antagonist, targeting head and neck cancers.

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AstraZeneca Cashes In Moderna Chips

The firms' messenger RNA alliance inked back on 2013 is still very much ongoing but AstraZeneca decided to sell its considerable stake in the high-profile biotech to help finance its own pipeline.

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2020 Deal-Making Snapshot: A Busy Year For Bolt-Ons

Looking back at the deal landscape of 2020, large-scale deals were overtaken by smaller transactions, though volume was up, driven by pandemic-related business.

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Merck & Co. Buys Pandion, Building Out Capability In Autoimmune Disease

Merck & Co. reached a deal to acquire the developer of targeted immune modulators for $1.85bn. Pandion CEO Kakkar talked to Scrip about the acquisition.

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Bayer Confident CureVac COVID Pact Will Be A Success

CEO Werner Baumann admits he was skeptical at first as to whether the German group had the necessary know-how to manufacture vaccines but the firm's expertise in the development of biotech products has strengthened his belief Bayer can deliver.

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UCB And Microsoft Expand AI Tie-Up Beyond COVID-19

Two European pharmaceutical companies, UCB and Merck KGaA, are exploring artificial intelligence in different ways, the first for drug discovery and the second on a fundamental level.

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AstraZeneca Cashes In Moderna Chips

The firms' messenger RNA alliance inked back on 2013 is still very much ongoing but AstraZeneca decided to sell its considerable stake in the high-profile biotech to help finance its own pipeline.

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Bayer Ponders Road Less Traveled And Trip Savings In Pandemic

Like most CEOs in pharma, Bayer chief Werner Baumann was constantly on the move but "since the middle to the end of the first quarter last year, I haven't traveled at all."

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Novartis, Takeda See Industry Better Prepared For Next Pandemic

Novartis and Takeda’s R&D efforts saw an impact from the COVID-19 pandemic, but both Lutz Hegemann and Andrew Plump believe that when the next pandemic hits, the industry and regulators will be better prepared for it.

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BioInvent Banks $116m As NHL Drug Nears Phase III

Following positive interim results from a Phase I/IIa trial of BI-1206 in combination with Roche's Rituxan, BioInvent has raised a significant sum to push the non-Hodgkin's lymphoma drug towards late-stage development.

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Jyseleca European Launches Could Lift Gloom At Galapagos

The Belgian biotech is pleased with the launch of its rheumatoid arthritis drug in Germany and the Netherlands and it has also secured a broad label from NICE.

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Galapagos Defends High-Risk High-Reward R&D Strategy

Following a trio of high-profile setbacks, the Belgian biotech is looking to fill the gap between the European launches of its rheumatoid arthritis drug Jyseleca and its programs back in Phase II via in-licensing and M&A.

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Jyseleca European Launches Could Lift Gloom At Galapagos

The Belgian biotech is pleased with the launch of its rheumatoid arthritis drug in Germany and the Netherlands and it has also secured a broad label from NICE.

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Novartis and Gates Foundation Ink Sickle Cell Gene Therapy Pact

The Swiss major envisions developing an accessible in vivo gene therapy for SCD that could potentially be administered once directly to the patient without the need to modify cells in a lab.

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US Prescribers Embrace Oncology Biosimilars; How Will Humira Follow-Ons Fare?

Rheumatologists may be more cautious about prescribing biosimilars to Humira than they have been for biosimilars to Avastin and Herceptin. But pharmacy benefit managers will have more influence over Humira biosimilars, which adds a new dynamic to the follow-on market.

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Scrip Asks…What Does 2021 Hold For Biopharma? Part 4: Technology And Disease

Around 100 executives highlight the hot areas to watch on the R&D front in 2021. From cancer to CNS and from regenerative medicine to real world data, expectations are high on many fronts.

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Scrip Asks…What Does 2021 Hold For Biopharma? Part 2: COVID-19 Shock Waves And Silver Linings

Executives expect the changes wrought by necessity in the face of a global pandemic to have lasting effects, both positive and negative, on the biopharma sector. Here they share their predictions for the coming year.

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COVID-19 Could Change Attitudes To Flu, Bolster Xofluza

Roche’s first-in-class one-dose antiviral Xofluza has been approved for marketing in the EU to treat influenza in patients aged 12 years or over, and for post-exposure prophylaxis.

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