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Sun Loses Shine In Q1, Testing Times In US

Sun’s Q1 earnings were dented by provisions related to the generic pricing investigation settlement with the US Department of Justice of arm Taro, and the impact of pandemic-related lockdowns. Some clinic-administered products bore the brunt of lock-downs in parts of the US, though market share was unaffected.

Commercial Strategy

Chi-Med Extends Oncology Commercial Reach To Realize China Potential

Chi-Med has revised its commercial rights agreement in China for Elunate (fruquintinib) with Lilly to seize China’s rapid growth trajectory, CEO Christian Hogg tells Scrip.

China Business Strategies

Novartis India MD On Scalable Digital Solutions, Balancing Work-Life Mix Amid COVID-19

Novartis India chief outlines how the company is navigating the challenging business environment amid the coronavirus pandemic, including for its for-profit social business. Digital solutions are a key part of these efforts and the executive offers advice for those struggling to balance the work-life mix in these testing times.

Commercial Strategy

Pandemic Impact Limited As Chugai Reports Strong First Half

Roche’s Japanese affiliate says the impact of the pandemic on its second quarter was limited, but points to a more uncertain outlook for the rest of the year, during which it vows to keep focusing on innovation.

Japan Commercial

India’s Bulk Drugs Incentive Scheme Finds Takers In Mankind, Aarti

As India revealed finer details of two schemes to promote bulk drug production, Mankind Pharma and Aarti Drugs spelled out a preference for chemical synthesis products - they are likely to be joined by more companies reluctant to invest in some that are fermentation-based. Whether a “plug and play” format for bulk drug parks will attract foreign investment remains to be seen.

Policy & Regulation Manufacturing

Turnaround For Spectrum’s Poziotinib As Phase II Cohort 2 Meets Endpoint

Spectrum is set to discuss NDA submission plans with the US FDA after unveiling positive top line results from Cohort 2 of the Phase II ZENITH20 study with poziotinib, in pretreated NSCLC patients with HER2 exon 20 insertion mutations. The drug, licensed from Hanmi, failed in the Cohort 1 part of the trial earlier this year.

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Europe

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Biotech Entrepreneur Aldag Inspired By Italy's Genespire

Jörn Aldag, who has over 20 years of leadership experience in the life sciences industry, including CEO of gene therapy pioneer uniQure, tells Scrip that the research carried at the world-class Italian research institute SR-Tiget.

Gene Therapy Appointments

Novartis's Piqray Gets Europe Green Light At Last

It has taken a while but European regulators have finally followed their US counterparts and approved Piqray, making it the first targeted medicine for HR+/HER2- advanced breast cancer with a PIK3CA mutation.

Approvals Cancer

Vico Therapeutics' RNA Modulators For Neurological Diseases Attract Series A Funding

A Netherlands start-up Vico Therapeutics could start clinical trials in late 2021 with its antisense approach to the treatment of rare neurological diseases, financed by its large Series A.

Financing Neurology

T3 Pharma Nears The Clinic With Live Bacteria To Treat Cancer

Using live bacteria modified to deliver specific proteins to treat cancer is to be explored by the Swiss start-up, T3 Pharmaceuticals, which has garnered a large third round of funding from a European corporate VC, institutional and private investors, to advance its lead candidate into clinical trials.

ImmunoOncology Financing

UK Is First To Sign Up Pfizer For COVID-19 Vaccine, AstraZeneca For Antibodies

The UK's vaccine strategy spread its bets over three candidates so far, as the country also looks to prove its world-class status in life sciences research and manufacturing.

Coronavirus COVID-19 United Kingdom

Sobi's Revenues Decline 3% In Second Quarter, Signs Of Return To Normality In June

Swedish Orphan Biovitrum’s financial performance in the second quarter was held back by COVID-19 related events, but it has left its financial guidance unchanged for 2020.

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United States

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Sanofi/GSK Working With The US To Increase COVID-19 Vaccine Capacity

The $2.1bn investment under the US’ Operation Warp Speed will fund development, scale-up of US manufacturing and the first 100 million doses. 

Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccines

Turnaround For Spectrum’s Poziotinib As Phase II Cohort 2 Meets Endpoint

Spectrum is set to discuss NDA submission plans with the US FDA after unveiling positive top line results from Cohort 2 of the Phase II ZENITH20 study with poziotinib, in pretreated NSCLC patients with HER2 exon 20 insertion mutations. The drug, licensed from Hanmi, failed in the Cohort 1 part of the trial earlier this year.

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GC Pharma Sells N American Plasma Units To Grifols As Pandemic Prolongs

The South Korean pharma firm, which has been focusing on North America, decides to sell two subsidiaries there as the prolonged coronavirus pandemic further delays commercial manufacturing of plasma products. 

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Gilead/Kite Gain Second CAR-T Approval With Tecartus, Price On Par With Their First

As the first company with two approved chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapies, Gilead’s Kite subsidiary has set a precedent by keeping the pricing the same as its first approved CAR-T, Yescarta. 

Approvals ImmunoOncology

Presidential Arm Twisting: Drug Pricing Order Would Advance International Benchmarks Unless Industry Offers Alternative

Industry has 30 days to come up with a better idea that would “end foreign free riding” and close the gap between drug prices in the US and abroad, President Trump says. Administration also wants to revive rebate reform.

Pricing Debate Policy & Regulation

Keytruda/Lenvima CRL To Give Roche More Space In 1L HCC?

Merck/Eisai face US speed bump for combo in first-line liver cancer after FDA decision and although their Phase III trial is already enrolled, completion is not due until 2022, giving time for new competitor to make its mark.

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