Top Pharma News and Developments that Made Headlines in July

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Amgen signs collaboration agreement with Array BioPharma


Amgen and Array BioPharma announced a preclinical license and collaboration agreement in inflammation.

Under the agreement, the two companies will collaborate on the discovery and development of new drugs for autoimmune disorders. Amgen will be responsible for clinical development and commercialization, having exclusive rights to Array’s preclinical program. In turn, upfront and milestone payments will be made by Amgen.


Bavarian Nordic partnered with Johnson & Johnson for HIV, HBV shots


Danish company Bavarian Nordic and Johnson & Johnson have signed a deal worth USD 879M  to develop HIV, HBV shots.

Under the terms of the deal, Bavarian Nordic is granting J&J’s Janssen unit the rights to combine MVA-BN with Janssen’s own AdVac platform in the HIV and HBV programs. In return, Janssen will pay Bavarian Nordic $10 million upfront and up to $836 million in milestones. Bavarian Nordic will design, produce and deliver the MVA needed, while Janssen will handle R&D.


Samsung and Merck launched Remicade biosim


Samsung and Merck & Co. launched Renflexis in the US. Renflexis is 35% cheaper than J&J’s anti-inflammatory med.

Last year, Pfizer launched its version, Inflectra, at a 15% discount. Renflexis is the third biosim to launch in the US after Inflectra and Sandoz’s Zarxio, a biosimilar to Amgen’s Neupogen.


Gilead’s Vosevi got US FDA Approval


The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gilead Sciences’ Vosevi tablets, a single-tablet regimen for the re-treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in adults with genotype 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 previously treated with an NS5A inhibitor-containing regimen, or with genotype 1a or 3 previously treated with a sofosbuvir-containing regimen without an NS5A inhibitor.

The approval is based on data from the Phase 3 POLARIS-1 and POLARIS-4 studies, which evaluated Vosevi during an interval of 12 weeks.


Novo Nordisk and Glooko launch co-marketed app


As a result of Novo Nordisk’s partnership with diabetes health tech startup Glooko a new app was launched. It’s dubbed Cornerstones4Care Powered by Glooko, or the C4C app.

The app allows diabetes patients to measure and track blood glucose, activities and meals. It syncs blood glucose and activity data from a wide array of diabetes or exercise devices.

The app is free for registered C4C online users and can be downloaded from the Apple or Google app stores.


AstraZeneca partners with Merck to develop and commercialise cancer drugs


AstraZeneca and Merck & Co have entered a global oncology collaboration to co-develop and co-commercialise the AstraZeneca’s Lynparza and selumetinib for various cancer types.

Under the agreement, the companies will develop and commercialise Lynparza jointly, as monotherapy and in combination with other potential medicines. Furthermore, they will develop and commercialise Lynparza in combination with their own PD-L1 and PD-1 medicines, Imfinzi and Keytruda.

AstraZeneca and Merck will also co-develop and commercialise selumetinib, the former’s selective inhibitor of MEK, that’s being developed for several indications including thyroid cancer.

The 2 companies will share development and commercialisation costs as well as profits from product sales.


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