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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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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.

Commercial Deals

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.

Deals Companies

Intercept Hopes Statin Trial Will Lessen Ocaliva's Perceived CV Risk

After otherwise successful Phase II NASH trial showed Ocaliva can increase a patient's LDL cholesterol levels, Intercept hopes a study in NASH patients who use atorvastatin will show this effect is manageable.

Drug Safety Clinical Trials

Deal Watch: Success Nets CytomX Another $200m From BMS, Up To $3.6bn For Milestones

Bristol-Myers Squibb expanded its collaboration with CytomX for $200m up front and up to $3.6bn in milestone fees. Also, Takeda spun out eight non-core molecules into a new joint venture and X-Chem executed two deals with Japanese partners, among other recent deals.

Commercial Deals

Pain Therapeutics Confident It Has US Approval Pathway Set For Remoxy ER

Biotech says it can complete two FDA-mandated studies by year-end and re-file the NDA rejected three times previously by the US agency. Pain Therapeutics also says it will not attempt to commercialize the abuse-deterrent opioid product without a partner.

Drug Approval Standards Complete Response Letters

Gilead Cites 'More Sophisticated' Process As Pressure For A Major Deal Increases

CEO John Milligan offered few details about Gilead's deal strategy during an investor conference last week, but analysts think internal pressure for a major deal is beginning to equal the external sentiment, including an analyst who sees Incyte as a likely target, but not a quick fix for Gilead's declining HCV drug sales.

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