BC Extra | Nov 19, 2019
Company News

Alkermes expands CNS pipeline with Rodin acquisition

A mix of preclinical and clinical data spurred Alkermes' takeout of Rodin, which adds HDAC-targeting programs to the biotech's CNS arsenal. The deal comes less than a month after Alkermes plc (NASDAQ:ALKS) restructured to maintain...
BC Extra | Nov 14, 2019
Company News

MS Society calls out Biogen, Alkermes on Vumerity price

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is once again standing up to companies for their pricing of new drugs. This time, the group has called out the price of Biogen and Alkermes’ newly launched Vumerity and...
BioCentury | Nov 1, 2019
Product Development

Novartis, Merck KGaA see opportunity in select pockets of MS patients

As companies continue to pile into the multiple sclerosis market with new therapies, Novartis and Merck KGaA are dissecting the landscape to define populations for their newly launched drugs. While the former is staking out...
BC Extra | Oct 30, 2019
Company News

Oct. 30 Company Quick Takes: Clinical hold for Zolgensma; plus Biogen-Alkermes, Roche’s satralizumab, Pear-Ironwood

Partial hold for Novartis’ SMA gene therapy  FDA placed a partial clinical hold on studies of intrathecally delivered Zolgensma onasemnogene abeparvovec-xioi from Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS; SIX:NOVN) to treat spinal muscular atrophy after observing dorsal root...
BioCentury | Oct 25, 2019
Product Development

Deciding factors in the shifting MS treatment landscape

The efficacy and convenience advantages that established oral medicines as the go-to therapy in multiple sclerosis are the same factors now squeezing them out. Two years post-launch, the success of injectable Ocrevus ocrelizumab from Roche...
BC Extra | Oct 23, 2019
Company News

With MS approval looming, Alkermes restructures to seek sustainable profits

Alkermes expects cost savings from a newly announced restructuring, combined with payments due to the company upon the anticipated approval of a new MS therapy, will allow it to maintain profitability in the coming years....
BC Extra | Oct 23, 2019
Company News

Oct. 22 Company Quick Takes: Zealand acquires Encycle; plus Novartis, Vitalis, Roche-Spark

Zealand expands peptide platform with Encycle acquisition  Zealand Pharma A/S (CSE:ZEAL; NASDAQ:ZEAL) said it will expand its peptide therapeutics platform through the acquisition of Encycle Therapeutics Inc. In return for all its outstanding shares, access...
BC Extra | Oct 18, 2019
Company News

Pending patent expiration, Alkermes-Biogen MS therapy nears final FDA approval

Alkermes disclosed that FDA has granted tentative approval of Vumerity diroximel fumarate (BIIB098) to treat multiple sclerosis, signaling that full approval could come following the expiration of a patent on Oct. 20. The company’s partner...
BioCentury | Oct 9, 2019
Politics, Policy & Law

Long-term data help two drugs sway ICER in drug price report

An analysis by the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review of price increases for some of the costliest drugs in the U.S. has found that seven of nine were not supported by new clinical evidence,...
BC Extra | Aug 28, 2019
Clinical News

Aug. 28 Clinical Quick Takes: InDex's cobitolimod hits Phase IIb endpoint in UC; plus AstraZeneca and Mitsubishi

InDex's UC therapy heading for Phase III  InDex Pharmaceuticals Holding AB (SSE:INDEX) is planning Phase III testing of cobitolimod after the DNA-based immunomodulatory sequence (DIMS) therapy met the primary endpoint in the Phase IIb CONDUCT...
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