BioCentury | Jul 7, 2020

Adding to targeted oncology portfolio, Zai gains China rights to Turning Point’s repotrectinib

In its latest cross-border in-licensing deal, Zai gained territorial rights to yet another targeted cancer therapy via a deal with Turning Point for repotrectinib, which is in a pivotal trial that could lead to approvals...
BioCentury | Jul 1, 2020

June 30 Quick Takes: Another first for Ultragenyx; plus approvals for Genentech’s Phesgo, Keytruda, Bavencio and Ultomiris

Ultragenyx’s Dojolvi wins FDA approval for rare disease FDA approved Dojolvi triheptanoin (UX007) from Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc. (NASDAQ:RARE) to treat long-chain fatty acid oxidation disorders, making it the first drug approved for the indication. The...
BioCentury | Jun 27, 2020
Translation in Brief

Regeneron enhances checkpoint therapy with CD28 bispecifics; plus NIH funds Alzheimer’s brain mapping, Genentech and more

Regeneron combines CD28 bispecifics with PD-1 mAb  In its latest paper covering anti-CD28 bispecific antibodies, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:REGN) showed in Science Translational Medicine that the bispecifics could boost anti-PD-1 efficacy. Bispecifics against CD28 and...
BioCentury | Jun 25, 2020
Emerging Company Profile

Simcha launches with $25M WuXi-led series A, new take on IL-18 for cancer

Simcha emerged Wednesday with $25 million in series A funding to bring its lead product, a variant of IL-18 designed to thwart a resistance mechanism in tumors, through Phase I testing. The corporate venture fund...
BioCentury | Jun 24, 2020

Gilead gains access to tumor myeloid targets via Pionyr partnership

Gilead’s tie-up with Pionyr marks the big biotech’s fifth cancer deal this year and gives it access to mAbs against immunosuppressive tumor myeloid cells. In an agreement announced Tuesday, Gilead Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD) will pay...
BioCentury | Jun 20, 2020
Product Development

Regeneron’s commercial future

As its long-standing tie-up with Sanofi winds down, the main loss Regeneron faces is access to the pharma’s commercial footprint, as the biotech has yet to build one for itself. An analysis of Regeneron’s wholly...
BioCentury | Jun 19, 2020

In second innovative deal this month, AbbVie gains option to Alpine’s ‘first-in-class’ lupus program

AbbVie’s deal with Alpine on Thursday is its second innovative partnership in as many weeks, giving the company an option to a Phase II-ready therapy for lupus, a disease that has seen only one targeted...
BioCentury | Jun 19, 2020
Product Development

June 18 Quick Takes: Approvals for Ultragenyx, Epizyme, Merck; plus Tecfidera tussle, Tecentriq in TNBC, Sarepta-Selecta, and Gelesis goes to China

A first from Ultragenyx in a rare disease  FDA approved Crysvita burosumab-twza from Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc. (NASDAQ:RARE) to treat tumor-induced osteomalacia in patients age two and older. The anti-FGF23 mAb is the first to be...
BioCentury | Jun 18, 2020
Emerging Company Profile

Lassen emerges from Frazier with over $31M and a mAb for fibrosis and cancer

After incubating in Frazier for a year and half, Lassen emerged from stealth Wednesday with a preclinical program targeting the IL-11 receptor that could be applied to both fibrosis and cancer and enough funds to...
BioCentury | Jun 13, 2020
Product Development

Where companies see opportunity in the crowded PD-1 marketplace

Everyone wants a piece of the PD-1 pie, but as Merck continues to snap up new indications for Keytruda and the number of competitors grows, carving out niches in the competitive landscape is becoming increasingly...
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