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Sanofi India managing director N Rajaram and ex-GSK executive Salil Kallianpur discuss with Scrip a range of aspects around pharma’s digitization efforts including getting the "outside" talent mix right, avoiding digital "intrusion" in physician engagement and the impact of the surge in teleconsultation.
Glenmark hopes to launch SaNOtize’s nitric oxide nasal spray for COVID-19 in India by the fourth quarter of 2021 post Phase III trials, as part of wider deal that covers other Asian markets. Can the self-administered product impact market dynamics positioned as the first line of defense against COVID-19?
South Korean pharma HK inno.N’s $500m IPO has drawn strong interest with subscriptions from institutional investors marking a record high. The IPO should help it speed up development of cell and gene therapies and beef up its vaccines business.
Volume gains from the entry into China’s national reimbursement program offset deep price cut for AstraZeneca’s major selling Tagrisso in the second quarter of 2021.
Roche’s Evrysdi debuts in India backed by a patient support program ahead of Novartis’ Zolgensma and Biogen’s Spinraza. Spotlights remains on the price tag for the SMA therapy amid hopes that novel approaches such as crowdfunding could also broaden access.
Early study results show CanSino’s inhaled vaccine for COVID-19 triggered an immune response similar to its injected counterpart.
Mergers and acquisitions are set to gain momentum in South Korea as firms outside the sector seek new growth engines and more open-minded biopharma companies seek rapid growth and globalization.
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.
Dr Reddy’s is to press ahead with India filing plans for single-dose COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik Light and also expects to “build on” the Russian partner’s trial in adolescents of the two-dose Sputnik V. The company also pilots a partnered first-of-its-kind cashless digital health offering.
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%.
Both Nasdaq- and Hong Kong-listed shares in Chinese health-related companies have been free falling with heavy volumes, after foreign investors spooked by China's general crackdown on the tech sector rushed to exit. The two-day sell-off shows high uncertainty and investors' anxiety over the regulatory overreach but underlying fundamentals still seem strong.
South Korean firm teams with Speragen to develop enzyme-replacement therapy for the genetic disorder and with Mirum for maralixibat. Plus deals involving Takeda/PeptiDream, Hanmi/LegoChem, Sun/Cassiopea, LegoChem/Cellectar, ChubLab/CJ CheilJedang Corp., Alebund/Chugai, Kintor/Fosun, Astellas/ExCellThera and I-Mab/neoX/Immorna.
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