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Recon: Genentech to Pay Immunocore $100M to Test MAGE-A4 Drug With Tecentriq

Posted 19 November 2018 | By Michael Mezher 

Recon: Genentech to Pay Immunocore $100M to Test MAGE-A4 Drug With Tecentriq

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In Focus: US
  • Pharma dreads Chuck Grassley as Senate Finance chair (Axios)
  • Company hiked price for opioid overdose treatment 600 percent: Senate report (The Hill) (Politico) (CBS) (Report)
  • Novartis' blood disorder drug gets FDA approval for expanded use (Reuters) (Press)
  • Gottlieb pushes for funding to speed gene therapy reviews (STAT)
  • FDA declines to approve Aquestive's Viagra rival (Reuters) (Press)
  • FDA approves new drug to treat travelers’ diarrhea (FDA)
  • Playing On Fear And Fun, Hospitals Follow Pharma In Direct-To-Consumer Advertising (KHN)
  • Peanut allergy treatment is effective but not always easy to tolerate, new review shows (STAT) (NYTimes) (Fierce)
  • Opioid Industry Fights Efforts to Make It Pay for Crisis (WSJ)
  • Cancer drug company Tesaro shares rise 39% following report that it will explore sale (CNBC) (Endpoints)
  • Protesters at Sanofi in Cambridge decry high price of insulin (Boston Globe)
  • Pfizer to raise US drug prices in January after previously backing down (Reuters) (CNBC)
  • Alphabet unit halts glucose-detecting contact lens project (Reuters) (CNBC) (Press)
  • What you're giving away with those home DNA tests (CNBC)
  • Anti-vaccination stronghold in NC hit with state’s worst chickenpox outbreak in 2 decades (Washington Post)
  • Maryland joins in $625 million settlement with company over adulterated cancer drugs (Baltimore Sun)
In Focus: International
  • WHO director-general: Violence in DRC is allowing Ebola to spread (STAT)
  • Immunocore nabs $100M cash to co-develop preclinical asset with Roche (Endpoints) (Fierce) (PMLive)
  • Pharma leaders warn Brexit deal lacks detail needed for patient safety (Financial Times)
  • Pharma ignores the squabbling and prepares for a hard Brexit (Financial Times)
  • Palantir to offer cancer analytics under JV deal with Germany's Merck (Reuters)
  • Eli Lilly Considers Sale of China Assets to Raise Cash (Bloomberg) (Fierce)
  • Novartis CEO Bets on Cutting-Edge Science to Remake Drug Giant (WSJ)
  • North Korea running low on TB meds, experts fear epidemic (Washington Post)
  • Is AstraZeneca looking for the ideal candidate to replace Pascal Soriot? (Endpoints) (The Times)
  • NHS, Pharma and Biotech industries call on Government to protect patients in future UK-EU relationship (ABPI)
  • A Chinese CAR-T company got the world’s attention with early data. At ASH, it has questions to answer (STAT)
  • Roche withdraws EU Tecentriq combo application in first-line renal cell carcinoma (Pharmafile)
  • NICE green light for Keytruda in melanoma setting (PharmaTimes)
  • Opinion: America’s opioid crisis is a warning to the NHS. Don’t let big pharma loose on policy (The Guardian)
  • The Fight Against Malaria Has Reached a Standstill (NYTimes) (Reuters)
Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology
  • Pfizer, Merck KGaA's Bavencio flunks another trial, this time in ovarian cancer (Fierce) (Endpoints)
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb laying off 69 employees in Florida in push to 'focus resources' (Fierce)
  • Inflazome raises €40M to get NLRP3 drug into humans (Fierce) (Endpoints)
  • Genfit plans US listing as NASH drugmakers race to the finish line (Endpoints)
  • Seeking an edge in the global I/O race, Alphamab Oncology loads up $100M-plus from marquee backers (Endpoints)
  • OTC drugmakers face an uphill battle on Amazon. But they should still be there, expert says (Fierce)
  • Alnylam's Onpattro sales look 'disappointing' in early days of RNAi launch: analyst (Fierce)
  • Why Is The Opioid Epidemic Still Happening? (NPR)
  • Novartis Joins Call Asking FDA To Stop Biosimilar Trash-Talkers (BioCentury)
  • Mundipharma name GSK veteran as new Senior Vice President & CFO (Pharmafile)
  • Scientists Discover A Way To Get Drugs To The Brain Faster And More Efficiently (Forbes)
Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings & Designations
  • ArQule to Present Clinical Data for its BTK Inhibitor, ARQ 531, at the 2018 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting (Press)
  • CStone initiates a bridging Phase I clinical trial for PD-1 antibody CS1003 with first patient dosed in China (Press)
  • Tenax Therapeutics Activates First Clinical Research Site for Phase 2 Pulmonary Hypertension Clinical Trial (Press)
  • DURECT Announces Amendment to Accelerate Ongoing Phase 2a Trial of DUR-928 in Alcoholic Hepatitis (AH) by Allowing Dosing of Severe AH Patients in Parallel to Moderate AH Patients (Press)
  • Blue Earth Diagnostics Announces Results of Investigational Phase 3 Blinded Image Evaluation Study of 18F-Fluciclovine PET Imaging in Glioma (Press)
  • GlycoMimetics Enrolls First Patient in Global Phase 3 Clinical Trial of Uproleselan in Relapsed/Refractory Acute Myeloid Leukemia (Press)
Medical Devices
  • Roche Diagnostics to Replace CoaguChek® XS PT Test Strips (FDA)
  • Is Progress on MDR and IVDR Happening Fast Enough? (MDDI)
  • FDA clears Thermi in “vaginal rejuvenation” product inquiry (MassDevice)
  • Intracranial Hemorrhage Detection Software Receives FDA Clearance (MDDI)
  • Edwards' Sapien 3 Ultra Valve Wins CE Mark (MDDI)
  • Nico raises $13m Series B for neurosurgery devices (MassDevice)
US: Assorted & Government
  • Florida sues drug store chains for allegedly aiding opioid crisis (The Hill)
  • The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (P.L. 115-271): Food and Drug Administration and Controlled Substance Provisions (CRS)
  • Texas Man Convicted In $36M Drug Resale Scheme (Law360-$)
  • Medtronic’s HeartWare to settle investor suit for $55m (MassDevice)
  • Sunset for Cy Pres, or Standing in Cyber-Privacy Litigation – Take Your Pick (Drug & Device Law)
Upcoming Meetings & Events Europe
  • Innovative skin cancer drug available on Cancer Drugs Fund (NICE)
  • Reclassification of therapeutic products in dispensing category C: Evaluation concluded (Swissmedic)
  • NICE publishes draft scope for new guideline on cannabis-based products for medicinal use (Pharmaceutical Journal)
  • Fuji Pharma to sell Alvotech biosimilars in Japan (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Innovent Biologics applies for adalimumab biosimilar in China (Biosimilar News)
  • Aurobindo Pharma to launch oncology, respiratory products in US by 2021 (Economic Times)
  • Superbugs kill more in India than globally, mortality rate is 13% (Times of India)
  • Pharma cos to make big ticket investments as Gujarat FDCA approves layout designs of 185 drug units post GST (PharmaBiz)
  • Karnataka sharply increases fees for non-statutory services for 11 certificates like GMP, CoPP & WHO-GMP (PharmaBiz)
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