BioCentury | Jun 19, 2020
Product Development

InflaRx, Kiniksa anti-inflammatory mAbs yield trend toward lower COVID-19 mortality, plus Sinopharm reports antibody readout from vaccine trial

After dexamethasone set a new bar for mortality reduction in COVID-19 patients this week, InflaRx and Kiniksa reported data from their anti-inflammatory mAbs showing trends toward a survival benefit. InflaRx N.V. (NASDAQ:IFRX) announced on Wednesday...
BioCentury | Apr 10, 2020
Product Development

COVID-19 roundup: New immune targets to address pandemic; plus updates from CanSino, Arcturus, Fujifilm and more

At least three new treatments for the inflammatory complications of SARS-CoV-2 infection, each with a target new to clinical COVID-19 countermeasures, have or will soon enter human studies. Movement on other fronts against the pandemic...
BioCentury | Apr 2, 2020
Product Development

COVID-19 roundup: EMA seeks to rein in chloroquine use; plus cash for CEPI, WHO’s SOLIDARITY grows, CytoDyn, EUSA, Chembio, PCR Biosystems and more

EMA said Wednesday that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine should only be used to treat COVID-19 in clinical trials or national emergency use programs to preserve availability for autoimmune indications, such as lupus. The agency’s statement came...
BioCentury | Feb 6, 2020

Beyond Keytruda: How Merck envisions innovation and growth after a spinout

As Merck becomes the latest large pharma to split in two, separating its key growth drivers and innovative programs from its slower-growing businesses, the slimmed-down innovative company will rely on the fruits of recent and...
BioCentury | Feb 4, 2020
Product Development

Insmed planning Phase III for rare lung disorder therapy following mixed Phase II readout

Insmed rose $8.34 (41%) to $28.88 on Monday, gaining $745 million in market cap, after its chronic lung inflammation therapy met the primary endpoint in a Phase II study. But the data, which included an...
BioCentury | Jan 29, 2020
Politics & Policy

Industry leaders applaud CVS zero co-pay diabetes drug access

CVS is answering the call to decrease the cost burden of diabetes medications on patients with a new plan that eliminates co-pays, and industry leaders committed to the social contract are applauding the news as...
BioCentury | Dec 21, 2019
Politics, Policy & Law

U.S. drug industry hopes China deal ends stealth attack on IP

Innovator pharmaceutical manufacturers hope the new “phase one” U.S.-China trade deal will create a cease-fire in the stealth war on pharma IP in China. The deal, announced Dec. 13, comes at the end of a...
BioCentury | Nov 13, 2019
Product Development

Hua Phase III diabetes data make good on glucokinase but disappoint investors

Hua’s announcement that glucokinase activator dorzagliatin met its endpoints in a Phase III diabetes study marks a watershed moment for a target whose disease-modifying potential was long stymied by the limitations of previous compounds. Yet...
BioCentury | Sep 25, 2019
Company News

Sept. 24 Company Quick Takes: FDA approves smallpox vaccine; plus Epidyolex, Vitrakvi, Oral semaglutide, Takeda-Evotec, Guerbet-IBM Watson

FDA approves Bavarian Nordic’s smallpox/monkeypox vaccine FDA approved Jynneos MVA-BN from Bavarian Nordic A/S (CSE:BAVA; Pink:BVNRY) to prevent smallpox and monkeypox, making the vaccine the only approved non-replicating smallpox vaccine in the U.S. and the...
BioCentury | Aug 2, 2019
Financial News

Aug. 2 Financial Quick Takes: Rakuten Medical bags another $100M; plus CGeneTech, Zecen, Qyuns and more

Rakuten Medical raises another $100 million Rakuten Medical Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) raised $100 million in a series C-1 round from existing investor Rakuten Inc. (Tokyo:4755), giving the Japanese internet giant a 22.6% stake. The...
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