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Apnimed Moves Closer To Phase III With Sleep Apnea Drug

Apnimed is going to conduct one more Phase II study in sleep apnea, mainly to assess subjective endpoint questionnaires, and then hopes to launch a Phase III program by autumn of 2022.

Clinical Trials Drug Approval Standards

Quick Listen: Scrip’s Five Must-Know Things

In this week's podcast edition of Five Must-Know Things: will a new oral antiviral be transformative for COVID?; OX40 drugs gain prominence in atopic dermatitis; J&J adds pace to RSV vaccine race; Sarepta leapfrogs Pfizer in DMD gene therapy; and how real-world evidence and randomized trials might go together.

Biologics Clinical Trials

Providence’s COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine Challenger Seen In Phase III In Q1

A possible alternative to Pfizer and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines, Providence Therapeutics’ mRNA candidate is seen moving into Phase III trials during the calendar first quarter of next year. While partners Everest Medicines and Biological E have kept the ball rolling, the Canadian biotech will seek further funding, CEO Brad Sorenson tells Scrip in this audio interview.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccines

Quick Listen: Scrip’s Five Must-Know Things

In this week's podcast edition of Five Must-Know Things: the prospects for Merck’s Acceleron acquisition; the pandemic and biotech capital in-flow; an interview with Menarini’s CEO; upcoming endocrine and metabolic product disorders; and an interview with Novartis Pharma’s president.

Commercial Companies

UK Travel Rule Sparks Row As India Seeks To Resume COVID-19 Vaccine Diplomacy

As India gets set to resume COVID-19 vaccine diplomacy from October, a new rule which will require Indians visiting UK who are fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca partner Serum Institute’s vaccine to undergo quarantine has sparked a row. Meanwhile, Indian companies await a nod from the WHO for wider acceptance of their COVID-19 vaccines.

Policy Coronavirus COVID-19

AstraZeneca Eyes Opportunity To Transform Asthma Rescue Treatment

The company plans to file PT027, a new fixed-dose combination of albuterol and budesonide, in 2022 following two positive Phase III trials showing a benefit on lung function.

Respiratory Clinical Trials

Amgen And AstraZeneca Tout Fresh Tezepelumab Data

Recently-submitted tezepelumab reduced the annualized asthma exacerbation rate by 86% in a subgroup of patients with severe, uncontrolled asthma and nasal polyps, according to data presented at the European Respiratory Society congress.

Respiratory Clinical Trials

Polyphor Pulled Out Of The Mire With EnBiotix Merger

Just over three years, Polyphor's initial public offering in Switzerland raised CHF165m. Now, with just enough cash to get through the third quarter, it has been saved by a deal with US biotech EnBiotix.

M & A Rare Diseases

Vectura Opts For Tobacco Giant Philip Morris In Carlyle Takeover Tussle

Vectura’s board of directors has chosen tobacco giant Philip Morris’s superior cash offer, turning down US private equity Carlyle, following a months-long battle between the two bidders for the inhalation specialist that was set to go to a rare auction in the UK.

Commercial Companies

Carlyle Cancels Vectura Auction At Eleventh Hour As Bid Declared Final

Private equity group Carlyle has pulled the plug on a potential auction to take control of the UK-based Vectura group by declaring final its revised bid for the respiratory specialist. Tobacco giant Philip Morris had offered a 10% premium to Carlyle’s bid.

M & A Deals

Philip Morris And Carlyle Go To Auction For Vectura

The Takeover Panel is stepping in to oversee an auction process after two revised offers in recent days from rivals Philip Morris and Carlyle upped the ante in the bidding war for the UK respiratory company.

Companies M & A

Swedish Biotech Developing Stem Cell Therapies From Amniotic Fluid

Swedish biotech Amniotics is developing a broad pipeline of unique stem cell therapeutics based on technology that is broadly applicable to major disease markets which should eventually draw the attention of big pharma players, its CEO tells Scrip.

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