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Mandy Jackson is the US West Coast Editor for Scrip Intelligence. Mandy reports on daily biopharma news and regularly interviews everyone from big pharma CEOs to biotech startup founders about the business strategy behind their finance, dealmaking and drug development news. She also has an interest in drug pricing and novel reimbursement strategies, new treatments in areas of true unmet need, and business development trends. Mandy has been a business news reporter for more than 15 years, covering biotech and pharma companies, biotech law and commercial real estate. She is based in San Diego, California – the venue for many medical and biopharma industry meetings.
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WORLD Symposium Notebook: New Data In Lysosomal Diseases And A Push For Earlier Testing

The WORLD Symposium Feb. 13 to 16 in San Diego offered everything from basic research through late-stage clinical data in lysosomal diseases, including ArmaGen's blood-brain barrier-crossing treatment for Hurler syndrome and updates from ongoing development programs from rare disease specialists, such as Genzyme, Amicus and Protalix.

Commercial Clinical Trials

Safety Is Key As Celgene's Ozanimod Succeeds In First Pivotal MS Test

Celgene's ozanimod successfully cleared its first Phase III hurdle in multiple sclerosis, but safety will be the S1P receptor modulator's differentiating factor in results presented later this year, with additional value coming from ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease in the coming years.

Research & Development Clinical Trials

Another Nail In Amyloid Hypothesis Coffin? Merck Ends Pivotal BACE Inhibitor Study

In another blow for the amyloid hypothesis in Alzheimer's disease, Merck ended its pivotal EPOCH study for the BACE inhibitor verubecestat based on an interim assessment that there was "virtually no chance of finding a positive clinical effect" in the nearly completed Phase II/III clinical trial.

Clinical Trials 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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Shire’s Sales, R&D Heads Shed Light On The Post-Baxalta Road Ahead

Shire’s Perry Sternberg and Phil Vickers are optimistic about recent launches and products in late stages of development in key rare disease and specialty therapeutic areas, many of which come from Baxalta and other high-profile acquisitions.

Business Strategies Growth

Allergan Confident About Continued Growth, Swats Down Competition Concerns

Allergan’s fourth quarter earnings came in above analyst consensus, making up for the third quarter when revenue was below projections. The company is confident that it will experience continued sales growth in 2017, despite competitive pressures for key products.

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