Top Pharma News – January 2017

Pfizer Announces Positive Top-Line Results from the Comparative REFLECTIONS B538-02 Study for a Potential Biosimilar to Humira (adalimumab), PF-06410293

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January 5, 2017

Pfizer Inc. has announced that the confirmatory REFLECTIONS B538-02 study met its primary objective by demonstrating equivalent efficacy as measured by the American College of Rheumatology 20 (ACR20) response rate at Week 12. This trial is evaluating the safety, efficacy, and immunogenicity of PF-06410293 compared to Humira® (adalimumab), each taken in combination with methotrexate, in patients with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis. PF-06410293 is being developed as a potential biosimilar to Humira.

AbbVie Announces Four New Global Research Collaborations

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Jan 09, 2017

AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, has announced four new collaborations and investments with leading healthcare innovators for advancing early-stage research in key therapeutic areas such as immunology and oncology. The company is committed to investing in and developing transformational science and technologies to advance the next-generation of therapies across its robust pipeline in key therapeutic areas.

Takeda acquires Ariad in $5.2B deal

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January 9, 2017

Takeda, a prominent Japanese drugmaker, provided the first major deal of the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference. The company announced a takeover of Ariad Pharmaceuticals which valued the cancer specialist at $5.2 billion.

Ipsen Acquiring Oncology Assets from Merrimack Pharmaceuticals


January 9, 2017

Ipsen will gain exclusive commercialization rights for the current and potential future of ONIVYDE indications in the U.S. The transaction also includes the commercial and manufacturing infrastructure of Merrimack, and generic doxorubicin HCl liposome injection. The transaction represents a unique opportunity and a strong strategic fit for Ipsen. ONIVYDE is an FDA-approved and clinically differentiated product for treating metastatic pancreatic cancer in adult patients.

Amgen and Immatics Enter Strategic Collaboration to Develop Novel Bispecific Cancer Immunotherapies


Jan. 9, 2017

Amgen and Immatics Biotechnologies, a leading company in the field of cancer immunotherapy, have announced a research collaboration and exclusive license agreement for developing next-generation, T-cell engaging bispecific immunotherapies targeting multiple cancers. The collaboration will combine Amgen’s validated Bispecific T-cell Engager (BiTE®) technology with Immatics’ world-leading XPRESIDENT® target discovery and T-cell receptor (TCR) capabilities with the goal of creating novel oncology drugs. Amgen will be responsible for the clinical development, manufacturing and commercialization globally.

FDA grants Roche’s cancer immunotherapy TECENTRIQ (atezolizumab) Priority Review for the treatment of advanced bladder cancer

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09 January 2017

Roche has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the  supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) of the company and granted Priority Review for TECENTRIQ® (atezolizumab) for the treatment of people with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma (mUC) who are ineligible for cisplatin chemotherapy, and are either previously untreated (first-line) or have disease progression at least 12 months after receiving chemotherapy before surgery (neoadjuvant) or after surgery (adjuvant). Urothelial carcinoma accounts for 90 percent of all bladder cancers and can also be found in the renal pelvis, ureter and urethra.

Allergan partnerships with Assembly Biosciences and Lysosomal Therapeutics


January 10, 2017

Allergan has announced that it has reached separate agreements to partner with both Lysosomal Therapeutics and Assembly Biosciences for research and development. These announcements were released at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference 2017.

Lilly and Merck Expand Immuno-Oncology Collaboration


Jan. 11, 2017

Eli Lilly and Company has announced the expansion of an existing immuno-oncology collaboration with Merck, known as MSD outside the U.S. and Canada, to add a new study of LARTRUVO™ (olaratumab) of Lilly with Merck’s KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) in patients with previously treated advanced or metastatic soft tissue sarcoma (STS).

The Very Best of JPM Healthcare Conference 2017

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ABBVIE ANNOUNCES FOUR NEW GLOBAL RESEARCH COLLABORATIONS January 9, 2017 AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, has announced four new collaborations and investments with leading healthcare innovators for advancing early-stage research in key therapeutic areas such as immunology and oncology.

AstraZeneca expands opportunities for 1st-line lung cancer Immuno-Oncology program

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17 January 2017

AstraZeneca has provided an update on its Immuno-Oncology (IO) late-stage clinical development programme in 1st-line non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), including a refinement of the Phase III MYSTIC trial.

Lilly to Acquire CoLucid Pharmaceuticals

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Jan. 18, 2017

Eli Lilly and Company and CoLucid Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has announced an agreement for Lilly to acquire CoLucid for $46.50 per share or nearly $960 million. This all-cash transaction will enhance the existing portfolio of Lilly in pain management for migraine. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2017.

Eisai plots new drug applications in US, Europe and China after Lenvima scores in head-to-head liver cancer study


January 25, 2017

Eisai says that its can­cer drug Lenvima (lenva­tinib) hit the pri­mary end­point in a Phase III study for the treatment of liver can­cer, prov­ing non-in­fe­rior to Nex­avar. That suc­cess will set up reg­u­la­tory fil­ings in the US, Eu­rope and Asia, the com­pany adds. Liver can­cer is a par­tic­u­larly big prob­lem in China, where Eisai plans to roll out an ap­pli­ca­tion in the near fu­ture.

Johnson & Johnson to Purchase Actelion for $30 Billion

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Jan 26, 2017

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has said that it is going to buy Swiss biotech Actelion Pharmaceuticals for $30 billion. The company also plans to spin out its research and development unit into a separate business. The deal is expected to close in mid-February.

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Top Pharma News – January 2017 last edit: 2017-02-04T17:38:56+00:00 da Luca

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