02:02 , Aug 10, 2019 |  BioCentury  |  Product Development

Eat this, don’t eat that: CD47 companies’ first hurdle

The rush to drug CD47 shows no signs of abating, with five companies launching clinical programs for cancer this year and three moving forward on the back of encouraging Phase I data. The differentiator may...
22:00 , Jul 11, 2019 |  BC Innovations  |  Product Development

How Zymeworks aims to take on Roche’s $10B HER2 franchise

Zymeworks is going head to head with one of the biggest commercial cancer franchises -- Roche’s Herceptin trastuzumab and Perjeta pertuzumab -- as it pursues clinical proof-of-concept for its protein engineering platform. Pivotal readouts in...
00:27 , Jul 11, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Company News

July 10 Company Quick Takes: I-Mab licenses MacroGenics mAb; plus Mirati-Novartis, Jazz-Redx, Sanofi, Horizon and more

I-Mab gains China rights to enoblituzumab I-Mab Biopharma (Shanghai, China) gained exclusive rights to enoblituzumab from MacroGenics Inc. (NASDAQ:MGNX) in China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan for $15 million up front. MacroGenics is eligible for...
22:56 , Jun 28, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Company News

CHMP knocks Evenity for osteoporosis, backs Giapreza for hypotension

EMA's CHMP issued a basket of opinions Friday, including a negative opinion for Amgen's osteoporosis drug Evenity, and a recommendation for La Jolla's hypotension therapy Giapreza. The agency recommended against approval of Evenity romosozumab-aqqg from...
18:48 , Jun 27, 2019 |  BC Innovations  |  Distillery Therapeutics

4-1BBL fusion protein boosts T cell bispecific Abs for gastric cancer and lymphoma

DISEASE CATEGORY: Cancer INDICATION: Gastric cancer; lymphoma Tumor-targeted 4-1BBL fusion proteins could enhance the efficacy of T cell bispecific antibodies to treat gastric cancer and lymphoma. The fusion proteins consist of a trimer of the...
23:50 , Jun 14, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Clinical News

June 14 Clinical Quick Takes: Chi-Med, BeiGene, UCB, Global Blood and more

Chi-Med’s surufatinib meets in Phase III for extra-pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors  Hutchison China MediTech Ltd. (LSE:HCM; NASDAQ:HCM) said it is planning a pre-NDA meeting with China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) after surufatinib (formerly sulfatinib) met...
21:21 , Jun 14, 2019 |  BioCentury  |  Product Development

Despite senior management shake-up, Novartis’ pipeline is primed to deliver

A string of departures at Novartis AG and strategic shifts by new CEO Vasant Narasimhan have produced a fairly thorough makeover of the executive committee he inherited in 2018. The team gains a pipeline that...
02:43 , Jun 1, 2019 |  BioCentury  |  Product Development

ASCO 2019 abstracts show solid tumor race heating up among bispecifics and CAR Ts

While strong progress in CAR T therapies will again feature at this year’s ASCO meeting, bispecific antibodies are having a moment -- making more inroads into solid tumors than CAR Ts and branching out via...
23:54 , May 8, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Company News

May 8 Company Quick Takes: Takeda selling Shire eye drug to Novartis in $3.4B deal; plus BioNTech, Third Rock’s Thrive and more

Takeda off-loads Xiidra, TachoSil  Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. (Tokyo:4502; NYSE:TAK) will sell Xiidra lifitegrast to Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS; SIX:NOVN) for $3.4 billion up front, plus $1.9 billion in milestones. Takeda said divesting the dry eye...
20:00 , Apr 26, 2019 |  BC Week In Review  |  Clinical News

Prothena sees potential path forward for amyloidosis candidate

Prothena said it will explore business development opportunities that could lead to further clinical investigation of amyloid light-chain (AL) amyloidosis candidate birtamimab (NEOD001) after post hoc analyses of the Phase III VITAL trial showed a...