23:49 , Jun 7, 2019 |  BioCentury  |  Politics, Policy & Law

Levitating Levin: new chair’s ambitious plans to elevate BIO

Jeremy Levin has been talking for years about ways to elevate biopharma business practices and public policy to bypass obstacles that hold back biomedical innovation. As BIO’s new chair, he has a chance to try...
20:15 , May 10, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Financial News

New Eisai venture arm to focus on digital tech, dementia, cancer

As Eisai looks to digital technologies for dementia drug discovery, the Japanese pharma’s newly launched venture arm has made its first investment and backed Tokyo-based digital healthcare company Allm. Eisai Co. Ltd. (Tokyo:4523) said the...
01:42 , May 4, 2019 |  BioCentury  |  Product Development

How the amyloid hypothesis holds its grip

By now, two things are clear about the amyloid hypothesis of Alzheimer’s disease: one is that the amyloid peptide is somehow involved; the other is that it’s a terrible target. β amyloid has had an...
01:39 , May 4, 2019 |  BioCentury  |  Product Development

Amyloid: how did we get here and what can we learn?

Unlike any other theory in drug development, the amyloid hypothesis of Alzheimer’s disease has maintained an almost cult-like following, despite two decades littered with a long line of late-stage failures and not a single success....
23:16 , Apr 24, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Company News

Biogen reiterates late-stage M&A priority as it calls off planned aducanumab trial

As it contemplates exiting β-amyloid programs, Biogen is prioritizing late-stage M&A to shore up its pipeline and preparing to deliver near-term Phase II readouts from a stable of other non-Alzheimer's disease candidates. The bellwether also...
00:16 , Apr 6, 2019 |  BioCentury  |  Finance

Room to rally in 2Q

Strong small and mid-cap performance coupled with robust M&A has brought the sector back from 4Q18 correction territory, and chances are good for the momentum to continue given the ample capital ready to be recycled...
00:06 , Apr 6, 2019 |  BioCentury  |  Finance

Big caps under pressure

Biogen’s fall in the wake of its decision to discontinue late-stage trials of Alzheimer’s therapy aducanumab is yet another reminder that large caps are in dire need of new pipeline products, and could serve as...
00:04 , Apr 6, 2019 |  BioCentury  |  Finance

Everybody up

Biotech stocks were off to a strong start in 1Q19, with 71% of companies tracked by BioCentury seeing market cap growth in the quarter. Across all market cap bands, biotechs saw a median gain of...
23:07 , Mar 25, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Financial News

Biogen announces $5B stock buyback on heels of Alzheimer’s hit

For the second time in a year, Biogen has announced a share repurchase program on the heels of bad news from an Alzheimer's candidate. This time, the big biotech has authorized the repurchase of $5...
04:15 , Mar 23, 2019 |  BioCentury  |  Product Development

Baby steps beyond beta amyloid

Companies are taking steps -- baby steps -- to test new targets in pathways such as neuroinflammation and neuroprotection as a means to treat Alzheimer’s disease. The failure of aducanumab won’t be the final nail...