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Immunology

Set Alert for Immunology

Amgen’s $3.7bn ChemoCentryx Buy May Help Offset Growing Pains

Amgen is acquiring a pipeline-in-a-pill with ChemoCentryx’s Tavneos, currently approved for ANCA-associated vasculitis, at a time when the company’s existing portfolio is struggling to maintain sales growth.

Growth M & A

Gilead Grabs MiroBio's Checkpoint Agonists For $405m

Just over a month after raising $97m in a series B round, Oxford University spinout MiroBio and its immune checkpoint agonists have been snapped up by Gilead Sciences. 

M & A Immune Disorders

AstraZeneca’s Triple Regulatory Wins For Enhertu, Tezspire And Ultomiris Herald Sales Boost

The major has won US priority review for a commercially crucial label expansion of its breast cancer drug Enhertu while Tezspire and Ultomiris attracted positive CHMP opinions across the Atlantic.

Companies Approvals

Japan-Specific Approval For Hemlibra In Acquired Hemophilia A

Hemlibra receives new approval in Japan intractable disease indication, while positive Phase III results in mild/moderate disease hemophilia A will support a planned EU filing in this setting. 

Japan Approvals

Takeda Moves Takhzyro Toward Dominant Position In Pediatric HAE

The company announced data from the Phase III SPRING study of Takhzyro in children aged 2-11; there is no approved long-term prophylactic therapy for children under 6.

Inflammation Business Strategies

Can Can-Fite’s Piclidenoson Put Up A Fight In Psoriasis?

Can-Fite’s A3AR agonist was inferior to Amgen’s Otezla by most efficacy measures, while Bristol Myers Squibb’s competing deucravacitinib is closer to approval and did beat Otezla.

Inflammation Clinical Trials

Jazz Pins Sativex US Hopes On Two Advanced Studies After First MS Spasticity Trial Flunks

The Irish firm’s cannabis-derived nabiximols spray missed the primary endpoint in a late-stage multiple sclerosis spasticity trial, but it is unfazed as hopes remain for two ongoing spasticity studies.

Clinical Trials Immune Disorders

Roivant Cuts Multiple R&D Programs As It Takes On Pfizer’s TYK2/JAK1 Inhibitor

Roivant and Pfizer launched Priovant to develop the oral drug brepocitinib for dermatomyositis, lupus and other autoimmune diseases, but Roivant also cut programs to extend its cash runway.

Deals Business Strategies

Kezar’s Lead Asset Bounces Back With Lupus Win

Kezar’s lead asset zetomipzomib has demonstrated clinical significance in a mid-stage lupus trial just weeks after a disappointment in myositis but more robust data are needed for the first-in-class selective immunoproteasome inhibitor. 

Clinical Trials Immune Disorders

Lilly Olumiant Alopecia Launch Plans Focus On Disease Awareness And Coverage

Immunology president Patrik Jonsson talked to Scrip about being first to market with a systemic treatment for alopecia areata and launch plans for the new Olumiant indication.

Immune Disorders Dermatology

Quick Listen: Scrip's Five Must-Know Things

In this week's podcast version of Five Must-Know Things: key takeaways from BIO; a new alopecia option in the US; how one small specialist company entered Japan; and the evolving BTK inhibitor landscape in multiple sclerosis.

Japan Business Strategies

As Its Debut Cancer Drug Struggles, MorphoSys Continues Refocus With $1bn Licensing Deal

The deal will help MorphoSys focus on lifting lackluster Monjuvi sales, and on bringing its promising myelofibrosis candidate pelabresib to market.

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