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Asia Executives To Watch: Gilead, BMS, AZ In Japan, WuXi NextCode

Multinational drug makers continue shuffling their senior management in Asia as Gilead Sciences has a new president for Japan, and so does Bristol-Myers Squibb. WuXi NextCode hires a new chief digital officer.

Appointments Asia Pacific

Samsung's Ontruzant Becomes First Trastuzumab Biosimilar Approved In EU

Samsung Bioepis is poised to grab the leading position in the trastuzumab biosimilar market in Europe as its biosimilar Ontruzant gets the European Commission's approval ahead of the competition.

Biosimilars EU

ImmuneOncia: A PD-L1 Latecomer Hoping To Break Into The Market

Emerging Company Profile: ImmuneOncia may be late entering the market for PD-L1 inhibitors, but the joint venture between Yuhan and Sorrento Therapeutics aims to develop best-in-class immuno-oncology drugs with differentiated products and strategy.

StartUps and SMEs Companies

Piramal Pharma Solutions CEO On Building ‘Symbiotic’ Preferred Partnerships

The Indian contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) Piramal Pharma Solutions (PPS) expects to grow its pool of “preferred partnerships” that includes a mix of both biotechs and large pharma. In an interview with Scrip, CEO Vivek Sharma outlined the value of such “symbiotic” relationships and how PPS is focused on quality as a culture rather than purely limiting it to inspection clearance and product approvals.

Commercial Strategy

AZ Sustains Strong China Growth Via Commercial Innovation

AstraZeneca’s strong showing in China in the third quarter was driven by a combination of expanded coverage, investment in patient access efforts and an innovative commercial model. New introductions Tagrisso and Farxiga are also expected to add to the momentum.

Commercial Launches

What's Behind The Success Of Korean Biosimilars?

Celltrion and Samsung Bioepis are moving fast to grab leading positions in the global biosimilars space, but how have these two firms got to where there are now? Scrip takes a look at what is driving their success and where they are heading next.

South Korea Biosimilars
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Latest From Europe

Amsterdam wins European Medicines Agency After Milan Loses Coin Toss In Tight Race

London has lost the European Medicines Agency to Amsterdam after the Dutch capital beat Milan in a voting process that ended in the drawing of lots. The Italian pharmaceutical industry was understandably disappointed at losing, but the EMA said the decision “ticked a lot of our boxes” and would help to keep down staff losses and ensure business continuity.

Brexit Regulation

Executive Interview: Building Merck KGaA's Specialty Business In EMEA

It’s an interesting challenge, commercializing in Europe the first novel pharmaceuticals to be developed and launched by Merck KGaA in a decade. The new head of its EMEA region explains his approach to the task.

Business Strategies ImmunoOncology

Political Bargaining Intensifies Before Vote On EMA’s New Home

In the run-up to Monday’s vote on the EMA’s future home, political horse-trading and vote-swapping behind the scenes makes it difficult to predict which EU city will win the prized agency.

Brexit Regulation

EU CHMP OKs New Treatments For MS, Esophagitis, CMV, Hemophilia – & First Biosimilar Avastin

The EMA’s scientific committee, the CHMP, has given the green light to new treatments for multiple sclerosis, eosinophilic esophagitis, CMV, hemophilia A, and vaginal atrophy, as well as the EU’s first biosimilar version of Roche’s Avastin. The committee upheld two earlier negative opinions, and two products have been withdrawn from the assessment process.

Drug Review Approvals

European Nod For Roche’s Ocrevus Clouded By Patient Limitation

Swiss major Roche has finally got a positive opinion for its closely watched drug but concerns have been raised that Ocrevus will only be licensed for early-stage primary progressive multiple sclerosis patients.

Neurology Drug Review

NousCom Raises €42m For Novel Cancer Vaccines

European biotech NousCom is making ready two multi-neoantigen containing vaccines that with a new round of VC funding should enter clinical studies in 2018, and that it hopes to combine with checkpoint inhibitors.

Financing Cancer
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United States

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Latest From United States

Mehta Analysis: Race To Harness Data Will Revolutionize PBM System

Data and intelligence will drive revolutionary changes in healthcare, and today's power brokers will need to adapt. Viren Mehta, founding partner of Mehta Partners LLC, considers how business consolidation in the complex US pharma market reflects the race to tap as yet under-exploited data troves, and how the resulting exploitation of those data may benefit a broader set of stakeholders.

Pharmacy Benefit Management Commercial

Heplisav-B Approval Has Dynavax Going It Alone On US Launch In Early 2018

Hepatitis B vaccine's favorable efficacy data relative to GSK's Engerix-B and neutral safety language mean that any partnership opportunity 'would need to be a highly attractive one to alter our current course,' Dynavax CEO Gray says.

Approvals Launches

Mehta Analysis: The Tangled Web Of PBMs

Pharmacy Benefit Managers are a key part of the medicines market in the US, but their role is complex. Viren Mehta, founding partner of Mehta Partners, LLC considers how their business model has evolved over the years, where it is headed, and how PBMs impact others in the healthcare ecosystem.

Pharmacy Benefit Management Policy

Generic Price-Fixing Lawsuit Grows As More Companies, Two Executives Named Defendants

US state attorneys general name executives from Mylan and Emcure as defendants, and list may further expand as investigation continues into additional companies and drugs.

Generic Drugs Legal Issues

Amazon-Express Scripts Partnership? PBM Sees Opportunity In Uninsured Market

Express Scripts points to a relatively untapped market of 30m uninsured individuals who could be reached through a collaboration with Amazon if the e-commerce giant ventures into Rx drug sales.

Pharmacy Benefit Management Business Strategies

Eisai Opts In On Biogen's High-Profile Aducanumab

Biogen secures stronger economics for the Phase III Alzheimer's disease drug in the US and Europe in the joint development/commercialization agreement; Eisai picked up rights to Biogen's MS portfolio in Japan and other Asian markets.

Companies Neurology
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