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Sanofi/Regeneron Choose Access Over Price With Dupixent Launch

The FDA approved the IL-4/IL-13 inhibitor March 28 in a win for Sanofi and Regeneron. The companies set the biologic's price at $37,000 per year, which is lower than many biologics on the market for psoriasis.

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Erytech Could Launch Several New Studies Following Pancreatic Cancer PhII Success

Erytech's lead therapy has shown strong anti-cancer activity in pancreatic cancer, on top of the hematological indications it is already targeting in late-stage trials, spelling good news for the French firm to pursue more studies in other oncology indications such as ovarian cancer.

Clinical Trials Cancer Research & Development

Depomed CEO, Two Board Members Out In Settlement With Investor

Starboard has been trying to replace Depomed management and add its own members to the specialty pharma company's board since at least April 2016. This is the investor's second settlement with the pain and neurology specialist.

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Bristol Teams Up With Billionaire-Backed Parker Institute On IO Research

A key goal of Bristol's second major academic research collaboration is to get trials up-and-running more quickly.

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Deal Watch: BioLineRx, Ono, Vedantra Ink Separate Cancer Immunotherapy Pacts

BioLineRx buys Agalimmune and its alpha Gal candidate for melanoma and possibly other oncology indications. Japan's Ono signs an R&D agreement with Switzerland's Numab, while Boston biotechs Vedantra and Neon will collaborate on potential cancer vaccines.

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PureTech Health: Applying Deep Thinking And Business Acumen

Targeting the age-dependent decline in immune function is the aim of a new PureTech Health subsidiary, resTORbio, that has licensed two clinical-stage mTORC1 inhibitors from Novartis.

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Astellas Offloads Japan Product Basket To Private Equity Group

Astellas has joined the growing ranks of research-based pharma firms offloading their older products in Japan, amid rising pricing and generic pressures and an increasing desire to focus on innovation.

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Finance Watch: Raising Cash Before A Trump Slump, La Jolla Nabs $125m, Akcea Eyes $100m IPO

La Jolla Pharmaceutical grossed $125m, Inspyr Therapeutics signs a deal to raise up to $100m, Ionis's Akcea makes $100m IPO plans, and $64m in cash for SutroVax tops recent venture capital rounds.

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Alexion CEO Hantson Tasked With Kicking Growth Momentum Into Gear

The rare disease specialist’s new CEO is former Baxalta CEO Ludwig Hantson, who takes over the helm immediately after a leadership shakeup coinciding with an audit investigation.

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Confidence High As AstraZeneca Adds Asia To Benralizumab Territories

In another vote of confidence in one of its newer respiratory assets, AstraZeneca is extending to Asia its already broad rights to benralizumab, adding to a deal it already has with Kyowa Hakko Kirin for Japan.

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C4 And Google's Calico Enter Mysterious Alliance On 'Diseases Of Aging'

While details are scant, the five-year collaboration will pair C4's targeted protein degradation approach with Calico's focus on diseases of aging. Privately held C4 otherwise is aiming to bring its first Degronomid candidate into the clinic in 2018.

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CHMP Opinions: Opdivo Sees Keytruda's Hodgkin's And Raises It Head & Neck

Merck & Co and Bristol Myers Squibb's rival anti-PD1 products continue their game of one-upmanship with each gaining a new indication in the latest round of EU CHMP opinions.

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Broad Label Gives Tesaro's Niraparib A Head Start In Ovarian Cancer

Tesaro takes opportunity of broad approval for Zejula (niraparib) in recurrent ovarian cancer to highlight franchise expansion opportunities in other tumor types, including PD-1 inhibitor combination studies.

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Purdue Highlights Convenience Of New Opioid Induced Constipation Drug Symproic

With oral naldemedine joining Purdue's pain portfolio, the company will look for ways to foster communication between patients and doctors about treatment for opioid-induced constipation.

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Pfizer On Obamacare Rewind: No Short-Term Impact On Industry

Pfizer CEO Ian Read explains why industry has stayed on the sidelines during the current health reform debate and defends drug pricing practices during a speech to the National Press Club.

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Pfizer's Avelumab Makes Its Debut, In Rare Form Of Skin Cancer

Pfizer got Bavencio to market by focusing on an unmet need, but the PD-L1 inhibitor is still a few years behind, competing with other checkpoint inhibitors over more valuable indications.

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Misery In Myelofibrosis: Pacritinib Setback A Boost For Jakafi

With the commercial opportunity in the myelofibrosis market expected to double to over $1bn in the next five years, competition to Incyte/Novartis's Jakafi seems further away than ever as CTI BioPharma pulls the European regulatory filing for pacritinib.

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Newron Needs To Up Ante In Large-Scale Schizophrenia Studies

Newron has reported positive Phase IIa data for schizophrenia drug evenamide but Phase III will be critical for the add-on therapy to demonstrate a more robust treatment effect to justify its use on top current treatments.

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Xenon Down On Novel Acne Treatment Failure

Xenon Pharmaceuticals' attempts to treat acne with a SCD-1 inhibitor have met with failure at the Phase II stage, casting doubt on the therapeutic strategy and wiping more than 50% of the company's share price.

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Sumagen’s World First Killed Whole HIV Vaccine Set For Phase II

After a positive outcome from a US Phase I study, South Korea's Sumagen is stepping closer to the launch of the world's first killed-whole HIV vaccine with potential to both prevent and treat AIDS.

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