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Pharma Not-For-Profit Projects Can Only Improve Reputation

Sanofi is the latest drugmaker to announce a major initiative aimed at improving access to medicines in poorer countries, the type of move that should continue to lift the reputation of big pharma above the likes of big oil and big tobacco.

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Russia’s RDIF and Sberbank Launch $100m Start-Up Fund

Russian sovereign wealth fund and Sputnik V vaccine producer RDIF has teamed up with the country’s biggest bank to fund ‘home-grown’ tech and science-intensive start-ups.

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AZ’s ‘Long Shot’ COVID-19 Trial Of Diabetes Drug Farxiga Fails

The failure of the SGLT2 inhibitor is not unexpected, but allays any concerns that it could have worsened outcomes for patients with hypertension or heart disease.

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Stockwatch: The Two Sides Of A Complete Response Letter

The FDA’s rejection of Acadia’s label expansion into a broader patient population for its only approved drug resulted in an aggrieved reaction. Better disclosure from both sides would have helped.

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Pfizer Triples Down On CDK Inhibition In Breast, Other Cancers

Pfizer is looking to address breast cancer resistant to Ibrance and other CDK4/6 inhibitors, but sees potential paths to earlier lines of treatment and additional tumors.

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MorphoSys, After Its Commercial Debut, Looks To The Next Growth Phase

Interview: CEO Jean-Paul Kress talked to Scrip about the US launch of Monjuvi, commercial expansion and the aspiration to build a European biotech that can compete in the big leagues.

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The 2021 Scrip Awards Is Open For Entries

Entries for the Scrip Awards are now open. Now in their 17th year, the Awards seek to reward the outstanding achievements of the pharmaceutical, biotech and allied industries in improving human health and will take place in London on 2 December.

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Regulators Reassure On AZ Vaccine Safety After Rare Side Effect Deemed Plausible

The EMA and MHRA issue parallel safety updates on the vaccine, with the UK offering an alternative of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines to the under 30s.

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Deal Watch: Artios Links Up With Novartis On DNA Damage Response Modifiers

Oncology partnership with Swiss major follows late 2020 pact with Merck KGaA. Pfizer divests Phase Ib breast cancer candidate to Celcuity.

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Asia Deal Watch: Vibegron’s Vagabond Journey Continues With Eisai Acquiring Partial Asian Rights

Kyorin, Eisai build on earlier OAB deal to team on vibegron. Plus deals involving Piramal/Hemmo, ImmuneOncia/3D Medicines, Kyowa Kirin/Cerecor, Simcere/Kazia, Nippon Shinyaku/Menarini, Tarsus/LianBio

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India’s Big Eight Make Digital Leap With Two Acquisitions

In an unprecedented move, eight of India’s top pharma companies, including Sun Pharma, Cipla, Torrent and Lupin, have set up a common vehicle for digitization initiatives. Having acquired local market research firm AIOCD AWACS and B2B platform Pharmarack, could the mandate extend to other services?

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AbiVax Poised For 'Transformational' Q2

Q2 promises to be ‘transformational’ for AbiVax, propelled by key readouts for investigational anti-inflammatory, ABX464, and cancer agent, ABX196, but more funds will be needed by year end.

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Cidara, Janssen To Tackle Flu With Antiviral Conjugates

Cidara partners its antiviral conjugate platform for seasonal and pandemic influenza with Janssen, which also gets option rights to an AVC candidate for respiratory syncytial virus.

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Yposkesi Acquisition Fuels SK's Global Push Into Biologics Manufacturing

South Korean conglomerate SK Group continues its cross-border acquisitions of contract manufacturers, this time of French biologics specialist Yposkesi, marking a new push into the gene and cell therapy sector as it looks to become a global leader in the production of both innovative chemical drugs and biologics.

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Orphazyme's Arimoclomol Disappoints For Muscle-Wasting Disorder

The Danish biotech's stock sank after arimoclomol failed in a Phase II/III trial for inclusion body myositis. Orphazyme is hoping for much better news in the coming weeks as the US FDA makes its decision on the drug as a treatment for Niemann-Pick disease Type C.

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Stockwatch: The Complex Biologics Market Is…Complex

The rise of the biosimilars has been predicted for many years, but the commercial dynamics after complex biologic drugs’ loss of exclusivity suggests that it may not be so straightforward.

Stockwatch Biosimilars

Sweet Smell Of Success For Destiny's Anti-MRSA Nasal Gel

Destiny Pharma's XF-73 achieved an "exceptionally high" 99.5% reduction in Staphylococcus aureus bacterial nasal carriage in a mid-stage trial, a result that should attract a number of potential partners for the UK firm.

Infectious Diseases Clinical Trials

Boehringer Ingelheim Primes For Top Five Multinational Slot In India

Boehringer Ingelheim’s incoming India managing director outlines intent to scale up in areas including diabetes and stroke, as the private German multinational seeks to move up the rankings in the competitive Indian market. Enabling the global pipeline in field including immunology, CNS and oncology also part of the effort.

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Step Pharma Set To Leap Into Clinic With CTPS1 Inhibitor

After a fresh cash injection, Step is ready to take STP938 for the treatment of T-cell blood cancers into Phase I trials in February.

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Boehringer Ingelheim Backs R&D With Big Bucks

Jardiance and Ofev are growing strongly but the German drugmaker is also confident its pipeline will bear fruit, boosted by a rising research budget that represents almost 23% of sales.

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Cigna Switch Program Intensifies Competitive Dynamics For Cosentyx

A new pilot program by the insurer is offering a $500 debit card to patients who switch from the blockbuster Novartis psoriasis drug to Lilly's rival Taltz or other preferred drugs.

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Lilly’s Bio-Medicines Portfolio Grows To Offset Pressures In Key Markets

Lilly Bio-Medicines president Ilya Yuffa oversees newer products in competitive therapeutic areas and drug classes, but additional indications and new therapies within the group’s immunology, pain and neuroscience focus areas will capitalize on the group’s existing commercial expertise. 

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Novartis Steers Zolgensma Towards Commercial Success In Europe

The head of Novartis Gene Therapies in Europe tells Scrip that innovative payment models and involving all stakeholders have helped payers see beyond a simple price tag and see the benefits of a one-time gene therapy for spinal muscular atrophy.

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COVID-19 Accounts For Most Of 2020’s Pharma Pipeline Growth

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the size of the pharma R&D pipeline in 2020 could be felt in a number of ways.

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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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