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Japan's BioComo Pursues Novel Ligand Approach To Immuno-Oncology

Japan bioventure BioComo was set up around 10 years ago and has since been honing its technology platform. It is now preparing to move into the clinic with a novel vector for immuno-oncology and to raise new funds to support pipeline development.

Japan ImmunoOncology

China Uses Old To Fight New As Repurposed Drugs Take Coronavirus Role

Several newly repurposed drugs, including a Bayer antimalarial, have shown potential benefits against the new coronavirus, promoting China to add several to its latest revised treatment guidelines.

Infectious Diseases China

Bharat Biotech Plans Coronavirus Vaccine

After two Indian vaccine makers, Serum Institute of India and Cadila Healthcare joined the fight against COVID-19, Bharat Biotech may follow suit. Others like Hilleman have decided against it for the moment while Panacea Biotech is weighing the pros and cons of developing a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine after a sour experience with H1N1.

Commercial Vaccines

HLB Takes First Expansion Step Via Immunomic Acquisition

South Korea’s HLB has begun a new growth phase by taking over US-based clinical stage biotech firm Immunomic Therapeutics. Through the acquisition, it is poised to add new pipeline assets including a Phase II vaccine therapy for glioblastoma and proprietary lysosomal targeting technology.

South Korea United States

Novartis Logs Into India With Digital Innovation Hub

Novartis’s first digital innovation hub in Asia is launched in India, where the Swiss company hopes to ally with partners to deliver digital solutions for patients at scale.

Commercial India

Seretide Settlement To Lift Glenmark’s Europe Business

Glenmark can sell its partnered generic rival to GSK’s Seretide Accuhaler dry powder inhaler in certain European markets following a settlement with the UK company. The Indian firm has also shelved divestment plans for its API business, at least for now.

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Europe

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Merck KGaA Tightens Focus With Allergopharma Sale

Germany’s family-controlled big pharma, Merck KGaA, is divesting its allergens business, Allergopharma to the fast-growing Munich healthcare company, Dermapharm Holding.

 

M & A Immune Disorders

A Runaway Hit In US, Pfizer Gains EU Nod for Vyndaqel In Cardiomyopathy

Vydaqel saw its uptake take off in the US last year. UK’s NICE to pass judgement on cost effectiveness by June.

Europe Commercial

Interview: Spain's Sanifit Set For Significant 2020

The Mallorca-based biotech is building a strong data package for SNF472 which the company believes will be an effective treatment for a number of calcification disorders in dialysis patients.

Spain Renal

NICE Rejects Keytruda/Inlyta Combo First-Line In RCC

The cost-effectiveness of combination therapies for untreated advanced renal cell carcinoma therapies comes under the spotlight as England's HTA body rejects an immunotherapy/kinase inhibitor combination in draft guidance.

 

Cancer Health Technology Assessment

AlloVir Gains PRIME Status For Anti-Virus T-Cell Therapy

Joining the ElevateBio stable last May, the company has now gained priority status in the US and Europe for its novel therapy for viral infections in stem cell transplant patients.
Infectious Diseases Europe

Novartis And UK Launch Partnership On Groundbreaking Cardiovascular Prevention Trial

Partnership includes provision for fast-tracked uptake of inclisiran in England, if NICE finds it cost effective.

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United States

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Latest From United States

Genfit Delays NASH Data While It Confers With US FDA On Methodology

Genfit will delay unblinding of data from its nearly complete Phase III study of elafibranor to get insight from the FDA on statistical methods in order to optimize its NDA.

Clinical Trials Drug Review

HLB Takes First Expansion Step Via Immunomic Acquisition

South Korea’s HLB has begun a new growth phase by taking over US-based clinical stage biotech firm Immunomic Therapeutics. Through the acquisition, it is poised to add new pipeline assets including a Phase II vaccine therapy for glioblastoma and proprietary lysosomal targeting technology.

South Korea United States

Helixmith Mods Engensis Trial Plans As Probe Unravels PK Anomalies

After probing pharmacokinetic data flaws in the first US Phase III study for its gene therapy Engensis, Korea's Helixmith concludes that these stemmed from clinical operation issues. As a result, it admits a failure to meet the primary endpoint but is still moving forward with new trials given signals of efficacy and safety in an extended study.

South Korea United States

FDA Requests Belviq Be Pulled From The US Market Due To Cancer Risk

The agency requested the weight loss pill be voluntarily recalled by Eisai, the death knell for a trio of obesity drugs that launched early in the last decade. 
Metabolic Disorders Drug Safety

US Approval For Peanut Allergy Therapy Palforzia

Aimmune has secured approval for the first ever peanut allergy treatment, but safety, cost and administration issues could limit the drug's uptake.

United States Approvals

VGXI Gears To Support Production Of New Coronavirus Vaccine

VGXI, a contract manufacturer of plasmid DNA and US subsidiary of Korea’s GeneOne Life Science, joins in the R&D efforts for a DNA vaccine against the new Wuhan coronavirus, using its proprietary manufacturing platform as part of a new agreement with Inovio.

Vaccines Infectious Diseases
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