06:09 , Mar 19, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Company News

Tecentriq first front-line extensive-stage SCLC therapy in decades

FDA's approval late Monday of Roche's Tecentriq atezolizumab as front-line treatment for extensive-stage small cell lung cancer marks the first approval of a PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitor in the indication. The drug is also the first initial...
22:01 , Mar 15, 2019 |  BioCentury  |  Product Development

Broadening the PARP playing field

With its latest clinical win for Lynparza, AstraZeneca is leading the field in stretching the use of PARP inhibitors beyond tumors that carry BRCA mutations. The results highlight one piece of a broader strategy companies...
02:41 , Mar 15, 2019 |  BC Innovations  |  Product Development

Fresh AIMMs for elite responders

AIMM Therapeutics B.V.’s elite responder platform has identified mAbs that distinguish tumor and healthy cells based on protein modifications. The company is one of a handful of players mining the immune systems of cancer patients...
01:31 , Mar 15, 2019 |  BC Innovations  |  Tools & Techniques

Synthetic solutions for immuno-oncology

Synthorx Inc. is poised to enter the clinic this year with an IL-2 therapy that could validate its synthetic DNA platform. Marrying its click chemistry and unnatural amino acid technology with pegylation, the company is...
00:29 , Mar 15, 2019 |  BC Week In Review  |  Clinical News

Syndax pauses entinostat-PD-1/PD-L1 combo program

Syndax said in its 4Q18 financial results that it will "defer advancement" of its program evaluating entinostat plus PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitors after the combinations missed the primary endpoints of improving progression-free survival (PFS) in a pair...
22:18 , Mar 13, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Politics & Policy

China releases timeline, priority diseases for revised reimbursement list

China's National Medical Insurance Administration released its plan for issuing a revised National Drug Reimbursement List Wednesday, describing which types of drugs will have priority for inclusion and sketching out a timeline for a revision...
20:07 , Mar 13, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Financial News

BioNTech mum on $800M IPO report

Amid a report that it will seek an $800 million IPO, BioNTech told BioCentury it is still evaluating all financial options. Citing undisclosed people familiar with the IPO, Reuters has reported that BioNTech AG (Mainz,...
21:30 , Mar 11, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Company News

Seres, AZ partner on microbiome research to treat cancer, predict response

Seres gained $1.27 (25%) to $6.38 on Monday after it announced a three-year partnership with AstraZeneca to evaluate microbiome-based approaches to improve and predict patient response to immunotherapies. Seres Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:MCRB) will receive $20...
00:15 , Mar 9, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Clinical News

Jounce seeking tumor-agnostic approach for ICOS agonist

Jounce said the ICOS hi CD4 T cells biomarker could allow the company to take a tumor-agnostic approach for its ICOS agonist vopratelimab (JTX-2011) to select patient populations more likely to respond to the therapy....
18:42 , Mar 8, 2019 |  BC Extra  |  Company News

TNBC gets its first targeted agent with Tecentriq approval

The approval of Roche's Tecentriq atezolizumab to treat metastatic triple-negative breast cancer gives almost half of these patients and physicians' their first agent to treat a molecularly defined subgroup of patients with this fast-progressing cancer....