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Joseph Haas

Joseph Haas is a senior writer for Informa’s pharmaceutical news publications, with more than eight years covering the biopharmaceutical industry. He previously worked in public affairs for a real estate trade association and wrote about housing and real estate before moving into healthcare. Most recently, he was managing editor of a newsletter publisher, leading its coverage of the implementation of the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit. Joe’s areas of expertise include business development, mergers and acquisitions, infectious diseases and liver diseases, including hepatitis C, hepatitis B and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). He edits the popular Deal Watch column and enjoys profiling start-up companies. 
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Merck's Write-Down Of Phase II Nuc Illustrates Current Reality In HCV

While a dwindling patient base and pricing pressures are depleting the market opportunity in hepatitis C, Merck's decision also may result from regulatory dialogue potentially delaying the start of a Phase III study.

Business Strategies Commercial

Deal Watch: Teva's Sol Barer Leads Buyout Of IO Start-up NexImmune

Instead of helping raise a Series A, the Teva chairman and others acquire the preclinical company, convinced of its synthetic nanotech promise in immuno-oncology. Vifor and ChemoCentryx expand their orphan and renal disease collaboration, while Gilead out-licenses an addiction drug candidate.

Commercial Deals

Gilead, With Two PRVs In Hand, Holds Options For Accelerating Late-Stage Pipeline

Likely candidates for use of Gilead's priority review vouchers include GS-4997, a Phase III candidate for NASH, and bictegravir, its second-generation integrase inhibitor for HIV. The virology specialist previously used a PRV successfully to accelerate approval of Odefsey.

Business Strategies Research and Development Strategies

Shire's Record Year Bolstered By Baxalta, But Shows Across-The-Board Growth

Baxalta's hemophilia franchise immediately becomes Shire's top seller, but the specialty firm enjoyed sales growth across its business areas. Meanwhile, the launch of Xiidra is off to an impressive start in market share and patient access.

Sales & Earnings Companies

Gilead's Bictegravir Data Could Mean Continued HIV Sector Dominance

Phase II data presented at CROI aren't sufficient to demonstrate statistical superiority over ViiV's Tivicay, but one analyst predicts that a repeat performance in larger Phase III trials could support a superiority claim.

Life Cycle Management Research & Development

Deal Watch: Seattle Genetics Adds To Antibody-Drug Conjugate Portfolio

Looking to expand beyond Adcetris, Seattle Genetics pays $250m up front for Immunomedics' Phase I/II ADC for triple-negative breast cancer. Elsewhere in the ADC space, Swiss biotech Novimmune and South Korea's LegoChem are teaming up on a research collaboration.

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