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Top Pharma News and Developments that Made Headlines in July

These are last month’s pharma news and developments brought to you by Congress Bookers, a reliable accommodation partner for lead pharma companies worldwide.

 

Amgen signs collaboration agreement with Array BioPharma

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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February’s Top Pharma News & Developments

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AstraZeneca entered agreement with TerSera Therapeutics for Zoladex

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AstraZeneca entered an agreement with TerSera Therapeutics LLC for the commercial rights to Zoladex in the US and Canada. Zoladex is used to treat prostate cancer, breast cancer and several benign gynaecological disorders.

Under the agreement, TerSera is set to pay AstraZeneca USD 250 million upfront, plus USD 70 million in sales-related milestones and a quarterly share of sales in the “mid-teen percentage” range. AstraZeneca will also develop and supply Zoladex to TerSera.

 

Novo Nordisk filed for regulatory approval of semaglutide for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in Japan

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Novo Nordisk has submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) to the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for semaglutide, a new glucagon-like peptide-1 analogue for the treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes.

This move follows the recent once-weekly semaglutide regulatory submissions to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the European Medicines Agency (EMA), Health Canada and SwissMedic.

 

Allergan Launched See America

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Allergan launched a new initiative dubbed See America, through which it aims to make vision health a priority for all US residents. Increasing awareness of the diseases that can cause blindness and enhancing access to vision care for those who need it most are the initiative’s main focus.

The launch followed the release of a report published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), which stressed upon the overwhelming number of Americans affected by blindness from preventable causes.

 

Amgen’s Parsabiv got FDA approval

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Amgen’s Parsabiv (etelcalcetide) for the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism in adult patients with chronic kidney disease on hemodialysis.

Parsabiv is the first therapy approved for this condition in 12 years. It is also the only calcimimetic that can be administered intravenously three times a week after the hemodialysis session.

 

Roche to start second late-stage study of Alzheimer’s disease drug

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Roche’s partner AC Immune revealed that Roche is set to launch a second Phase III study of the experimental Alzheimer’s disease therapy crenezumab. The latter was discovered by AC Immune and out-licensed to Roche’s Genentech unit in 2006. The CREAD2 trial will enrol 750 patients with prodromal or mild Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Boehringer Ingelheim’s Giotrif got approved for lung cancer in China

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Global pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim announced that their afatinib (Giotrif), an irreversible second-generation ErbB family blocker, was approved for lung cancer in China.

Afatinib has received Imported Drugs License (IDL) status by the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) for locally advanced or metastatic EGFR mutation-positive lung cancer patients who have not received any prior therapy with tyrosine kinase inhibitors, as well as for patients with locally advanced or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the lung whose disease has progressed on or after treatment with platinum-based chemotherapy.

Afatinib is the first and only second-generation ErbB family blocker approved in China.

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