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Alexandra has more than 20 years' experience covering pharmaceutical and biotech R&D. An early interest in medicine, and a dawning realization that being a doctor was not for her, led to a degree in Biochemistry and Microbiology at the University of Leeds, and a move to London to pursue a career in medical journalism. Now Scrip's Managing Editor, Alex has held a variety of roles on the publication since starting as a science reporter in 1998. She instigated some of Scrip's signature features, such as the Pipeline Watch and New Active Substance lists, and also casts an editorial eye over the annual Scrip Awards. Alex's main work interests lie in novel drugs and pharmaceutical and biotech R&D, and she also enjoys medical history and current affairs.
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New EU Nod For J&J/Genmab's Darzalex Brings It Closer To Rivals

The EU's CHMP has given the go ahead to extend the EU licence for Janssen/Genmab's Darzalex to include its use earlier in the treatment paradigm, bringing into line with the US label and its rivals.

Europe Drug Review

Patient Death Casts Cloud Over Roche Emicizumab Hemophilia Trial

The death of a patient during the HAVEN 1 study of Roche's investigational hemophilia product, emicizumab, may be nothing to panic about, but it is increasing concerns over its likely impact on the potential blockbuster drug's label.

Clinical Trials Drug Safety

New FDA Revlimid Approval Extends Celgene's Myeloma Empire

Celgene is finally able to market its mainstay multiple myeloma therapy Revlimid for maintenance use after stem cell transplant, after the FDA further expanded its approved indications. The EU is set to follow suit following a CHMP positive opinion last month.

Approvals Policy & Regulation

Novel Antibody Products Ring The Treatment Changes In HIV

Two Canadian companies – Theratechnologies and CytoDyn – exploring the use of monoclonal antibodies in the fight against HIV presented data for their novel late-stage candidates at the recent CROI meeting in Seattle. They are aimed at patients experiencing multi-drug resistance and represent a change in this mature therapy area dominated by small-molecule oral products.

Clinical Trials Companies

ViiV/Janssen's Double-Edged SWORD: Four Drugs Good, Two Drugs Better?

Data from ViiV Healthcare and Janssen's SWORD study point the way to a two-drug future in HIV for Tivicay/Edurant, but will doctors want to rock the boat, especially with Gilead's bictegravir impressing in Phase II?

Clinical Trials Research & Development

Deep Breath For Acorda As It Prepares Inhaled Levodopa Filing

Acorda's $525m purchase of Civitas in 2014 is now set to bear fruit, with new Phase III data for an inhaled formulation of levodopa, the main attraction of the deal, looking strong enough both to warrant approval filings and please payors.

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