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Recon: CDC Director Resigns, Seattle Genetics to Acquire Cascadian Therapeutics for $614M

Posted 31 January 2018 | By Zachary Brennan 

Recon: CDC Director Resigns, Seattle Genetics to Acquire Cascadian Therapeutics for $614M

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In Focus: US

  • CDC Director Resigns (HHS) (Stat) (BusinessInsider) (Bloomberg)
  • The Story that led to the Resignation: Trump's top health official traded tobacco stock while leading anti-smoking efforts (Politico)
  • Seattle Genetics to Acquire Cascadian Therapeutics, Adding Late-Stage Breast Cancer Program to Its Oncology Pipeline (Press) (Xconomy)
  • Brain damage cases force an FDA hold on Bellicum’s lead cell therapy (Endpoints) (Press)
  • Trump urges Congress to pass 'Right to Try' experimental drug bill (The Hill) (BioCentury) (Focus)
  • E&C Vice Chairman Says He Will Work To Usher 'Right To Try' Through Committee, Following SOTU (InsideHealthPolicy-$)
  • Guidance on Guidance: Enforcement to be Curtailed (FDA Law Blog)
  • Linking the scientific and patent literatures (Nature TradeSecrets blog)
  • Regulating Drug Compounders: Gottlieb Discusses FDA's Flexible Approach (Focus)

In Focus: International

  • EU decision on EMA move to Amsterdam is done: EU Commissioner (Reuters)
  • Chiesi's ultra-rare genetic disorder therapy wins European backing (PMLive)
  • Assessing health technology in the EU: Commission proposes to reinforce cooperation amongst Member States (EC) (Q&A)
  • How to better apply the paediatric legislation to boost development of medicines for children (EMA)
  • Statement of Noncompliance from Danish Medicines Agency for Kadam Exports (EudraGMDP)
  • The opioid crisis and why Australia is cracking down on codeine (Guardian)
  • Drug Makers Looking to Adopt Continuous Manufacturing, Anticipating 30-40% Lower Production Costs: PMDA Official (Pharma Japan-$)
  • India Market Stares At Five-Year Growth Cutback But Buoyant (Scrip-$)
  • Astellas Appoints Kenji Yasukawa as President and CEO (Press)

Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

  • Severe Toxicity in non-human primates and piglets with systemic high-dose administration of AAV9-like vectors: Putting Patients First (Human Gene Therapy)
  • U.S. judge sentences Novelion's Aegerion in drug marketing case (Reuters)
  • Medical Research And Development Issues To Watch In 2018 (Health Affairs Blog)
  • Children Receive Bespoke, Lab-Grown Ears (TheScientist)
  • Analysis: Pfizer tallies an impressive array of late-stage catalysts for cancer, gene therapies and more (Endpoints)
  • The pharmaceutical industry is no stranger to fake news (Stat)
  • Fujifilm adds 6,000L and opens gene therapy plant (BioPharma-Reporter)
  • Kroger, other grocers take on generic drug industry with price-fixing suit (Fierce)
  • In conversation with: Laurence Reid, Warp Drive Bio CEO (Fierce)
  • Health Care ‘Tapeworm’ Faces New Threat (WSJ-$)
  • The fog around the new health care mega-venture (Axios)
  • Endo Gives FDA Breathing Room in Bulk Compounding Suit (BNA)
  • Is There a New Tactic for Generic Manufacturers to Use to Hit a Bullseye? (Lachman Consultants)

Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology: Clinical Study Results, Filings & Designations

  • Eli Lilly posts fourth-quarter earnings beat, hikes 2018 guidance (CNBC) (FT-$)
  • Sunovion Parkinson’s Drug Heads to FDA, Setting Up Battle With Acorda (Xconomy)
  • Sanofi and partner seek European Medicines Agency review for sleep sickness product (Reuters)
  • FDA Upgrades Pfizer Kansas Plant (BioPharma-Reporter)
  • Focused on blockbuster indications, Sage touts evidence that 217 could work on insomnia (Endpoints)
  • Nanopore sequencing and assembly of a human genome with ultra-long reads (Nature Biotechnology)
  • Meet the company trying to democratize clinical trials with AI (Wired)
  • Startup with Johns Hopkins roots raising $40.5 million to develop cancer metabolism drugs (Endpoints)
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Increases Quarterly Dividend (Press)
  • BeiGene Initiates Global Phase 3 Trial of Anti-PD-1 Antibody Tislelizumab (Press)
  • Cara Therapeutics Initiates Pivotal Phase 3 Efficacy Trial of Korsuva (Press)

Medical Devices

  • CDRH Updates Guidance on Refusing to Accept 510(k)s and PMAs (Focus)
  • Companies Reflect on First Steps in Digital Health Pre-Cert Program (Focus)
  • Life Tech Rips Promega Bid To Rethink US Damages In IP Row (Law360-$)
  • Medtronic Investors Win Cert. In Revived Stock-Drop Suit (Law360-$)

US: Assorted & Government

  • Best Practices in Modeling and Simulation for Oncology Products; Public Workshop (FDA)
  • ACRO Unveils Library of Regulatory Comments (Press)
  • Statement Of Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On The Need For A Bipartisan Agreement (Senate Committee on Appropriations)
  • Much-Criticized Medicare Rule Helps Many Hospitals: Analysis (BNA)
  • Are Medicaid Work Requirements Legal? (JAMA)

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