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Merck ups the stakes in pneumococcal jab face-off with Pfizer

June 22, 2022

Via: Pharmaphorum

One of these – dubbed V116 – is a cocktail of 21 Streptococcus pneumoniae serotypes designed to have the most benefit in adult populations, and it has just cleared a phase 1/2 trial as it embarks on a phase 3 […]


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Pfizer takes stake in French Lyme disease jab partner Valneva

June 20, 2022

Via: Pharmaphorum

The deal gives Valneva a cash injection that it will be able to use to advance Lyme disease candidate VLA15 towards the market, but the revised licensing terms means that the French biotech will shoulder more of the financial cost […]


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Roche gambles $125M on a sliding biotech’s cancer drug

June 2, 2022

Via: Biopharma Dive

The most immediate effect of the deal is a much-needed infusion of funds for Repare, which went public in 2020 at a price of $20 a share. The company’s stock soared above $42 in early 2021, only to plummet as […]


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Bristol Myers’ autoimmune drug shows potential in lupus

June 1, 2022

Via: Biopharma Dive

Until the launch of GSK’s Benlysta in 2011, people with lupus didn’t have a treatment option that targeted the disease’s underlying cause, relying instead on steroids and immunosuppressants to keep symptoms under control. AstraZeneca’s Saphnelo followed Benlysta to market in […]


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Biotech co-founder arrested on murder-for-hire charges

May 26, 2022

Via: FierceBiotech

U.S. officials have arrested Enochian BioSciences co-founder Serhat Gümrükcü. The researcher is charged with conspiring to use interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire which resulted in a death. Enochian is developing gene-modified cellular and immune therapies for infectious […]


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Google hires away former FDA digital health official Patel

May 19, 2022

Via: Biopharma Dive

Patel announced in a LinkedIn post he is leaving the FDA after more than a decade to join Google. In his new role, Patel said he will help Google build a digital health and regulatory strategy. “The power of technology, […]


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Ready to go to FDA, can Hengrui’s China-made PD-1 liver cancer immunotherapy change the tides?

May 12, 2022

Via: FiercePharma

After two FDA rejections against China-made cancer immunotherapies this year, another Chinese pharma hopes it has the data to crack the agency’s doors open. But one major uncertainty remains. Thursday, Jiangsu Hengrui Medicine said a global phase 3 trial of […]


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Bora Pharmaceuticals Acquires Eden Biologics

May 12, 2022

Via: Contract Pharma

Taiwan-based contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) Bora Pharmaceuticals recently announced the establishment of Bora Biologics Co., Ltd., to focus on the development of bio-pharmaceuticals. Bora Biologics has investors Taishin Healthcare Limited Partnership and Dr. Allen Chao, founder of Tanvex […]


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Fierce Pharma Asia—Legend CSO’s departure; Takeda’s gene therapy deal; Pfizer’s India revamp

April 8, 2022

Via: FiercePharma

Legend Biotech’s founding chief scientific officer has left the company without a new destination. Takeda has signed another gene therapy deal with Evozyne to work on protein sequences. Pfizer is rolling out a voluntary retirement scheme in India amid a […]


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Pfizer buys a private biotech and its RSV drug research

April 7, 2022

Via: Biopharma Dive

RSV is one of the most common, and confounding, viruses that cause infections in humans. There’s no approved vaccine and current treatment options focus on managing symptoms, much like a cold. For most people who contract RSV, that’s enough; they […]


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Akebia reveals sweeping layoffs and vadadustat partial clinical hold after FDA snub

April 7, 2022

Via: FiercePharma

After safety concerns derailed an approval of Akebia Therapeutics’ blockbuster hopeful vadadustat late last month, the company warned that a restructuring was in the cards. This week, Akebia telegraphed job cuts for nearly half of its workforce and revealed deeper […]


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AI and Robotics Uncover Cellular Hallmarks of Parkinson’s in Skin Cells

March 28, 2022

Via: Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News

Researchers at the New York Stem Cell Foundation Research Institute have unveiled a new platform for discovering cellular signatures of disease, which integrates robotic systems for studying patient cells with artificial intelligence methods for image analysis. Using their automated cell […]