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Recon: Novartis to Acquire Gene Therapy Company AveXis for $8.7B

Posted 09 April 2018 | By Ana Mulero 

Recon: Novartis to Acquire Gene Therapy Company AveXis for $8.7B

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Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology
  • Celgene hunts deals to offset loss of Revlimid patent protection (Financial Times)
  • Avexis buy endorses gene therapy and gives Biogen a headache (EP Vantage)
  • CVS points finger back at pharma for drug prices (BioPharma Dive)
  • The ties between drug companies and patient groups (Axios)
  • InVivo plans 1-for-25 reverse stock split (MassDevice)
  • Mass. governor defends Vertex drug pricing, saying ‘innovation is expensive’ (STAT)
  • Why are some of New York’s top investors bullish on biotech? The science is getting better (STAT-$)
  • Already hobbled by Medicare, Gilead’s Yescarta faces another hurdle as CMS stalls add-on hospital payments (Fierce)
  • FDA Commissioner Dr Scott Gottlieb on drug prices (C-SPAN)
  • Drug Cos., Pharmacies Want Pause In Cherokee Opioid Suit (Law360-$)
  • Patient Advocacy Groups Take In Millions From Drugmakers. Is There A Payback? (KHN)
Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings and Designations
  • This Lung Cancer Drug Could Let Patients Forgo Chemo—And It's Sending Merck's Stock Soaring (Fortune)
  • AbbVie’s promised rheumatoid arthritis blockbuster upadacitinib hits its marks in another PhIII — this time without any deaths (Endpoints) (Press)
  • Magenta bags $52M Series C for bone marrow transplant pipeline (Endpoints) (Press)
  • Survey: patient engagement a low priority in clinical trials (pharmaphorum)
  • Nematodes inspire new class of antibiotic (Fierce)
  • Researchers use genomics to set squamous cell carcinomas apart from other cancers (Pharmabiz)
  • First-quarter floats hold amid uncertain climate (EP Vantage)
  • Research offers clues for improved influenza vaccine design (NIH)
  • Notice of Approval of Products under Voucher: Rare Pediatric Disease Priority Review Vouchers (FDA)
  • Pacira Announces FDA Approval of Supplemental New Drug Application for EXPAREL as a Nerve Block to Produce Regional Analgesia (Press)
  • Immunomedics Appoints Dr. Robert Iannone Head of Research & Development and Chief Medical Officer (Press)
  • GTx Announces Early Completion of Patient Enrollment in the ASTRID Trial, a Phase 2 Clinical Trial of Enobosarm in Stress Urinary Incontinence (Press)
  • Minerva Neurosciences Screens First Patient in Phase 2b Trial of MIN-117 to Treat Major Depressive Disorder (Press)
  • FDA Accepts New Drug Application for Duvelisib and Grants Priority Review (Press)
  • Allogene Therapeutics Completes Agreement for Pfizer’s Allogeneic CAR T Immuno-oncology Portfolio (Press)
Medical Devices
  • Spotlight – Oxford Nanopore, the disruptive unicorn gunning for Illumina (EP Vantage)
  • Renal denervation: Medtronic wins FDA nod for U.S. pivotal trial (MassDevice) (Press)
  • Cogentix shareholders sue to block Laborie Medical acquisition (MassDevice)
  • Medical Device Cos. Deny FCA Suit's Excess Blood-Test Claim (Law360-$)
  • Amarantus Bioscience ropes in rights to Avant Diagnostics’ Alzheimer’s Dx (Fierce) (Press)
  • Consumers don’t need experts to interpret 23andMe genetic risk reports (STAT)
  • The Changing Face of Medical Device Sales: Can You Make the Cut? (ProSellus)
  • 3M signs on with C3 for its AI predictive software for clinical and supply chain analytics (Healthcare IT News)
  • Weill Cornell Integrates Cancer Exome Test Into EHRs With Eye Toward Next Version (GenomeWeb)
  • Companies push back against allegations of FCA violations over excess at-home blood testing (Drug Delivery Business News)
  • Fischer Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance to Market Bloom2 Cardiac Stimulator (Press)
  • EyeGate receives FDA feedback on investigational device exemption amendment for second pilot study of ocular bandage gel (Press)
  • Sonoma Pharmaceuticals Announces FDA Approval for Antimicrobial Post-Therapy Gel (Press)
US: Assorted & Government
  • Trump taps new director for office on Medicare reforms (The Hill)
  • Health Insurers Tout Strides In Preventive Care Amid Attacks On Medicaid (Forbes)
  • Two experts debate whether Facebook should get into health (CNBC)
  • New York panel to review Vertex pricing in first test of new law (STAT-$)
  • In key Kentucky House race, healthcare anxieties loom large (Reuters)
  • New Jersey health officials investigating potential E.coli outbreak (Reuters)
  • Medicare to pay hundreds of thousands for CAR-T therapies (BioPharma Dive)
  • ONC launches tool to help patients navigate health data (Healthcare IT News)
  • Feds Want Input On Marijuana Reclassification (Forbes)
Upcoming Meetings & Events Europe
  • Recordati acquires rights to Cystagon from Mylan (The Pharma Letter)
  • How GDPR affects personal data use in clinical trials (MassDevice)
  • Reig Jofre invests 30 million euros in expansion of injectable products plant (The Pharma Letter)
  • EMA to review Aradigm's appliation for Linhaliq (The Pharma Letter) (Press)
  • Public hearing on 13 June 2018: Citizens to be consulted on quinolone and fluoroquinolone antibiotics (EMA)
  • Review into NHS overseas visitor charges: call for submissions (MHRA)
  • Guidance: Notify MHRA about a clinical investigation for a medical device (MHRA)
  • Open consultation: Personal health budgets and integrated personal budgets: extending legal rights (MHRA)
  • Guidance: General ophthalmic service fees and voucher values from April 2018 (MHRA)
  • Summary List of field safety notices (FSNs) from medical device manufacturers from 02 – 06 April 2018 (MHRA)
  • NHS England to Fund Endocuff Vision for Cancer Screening Colonoscopies Bowel (Press)
  • Tandem Diabetes Care and Movi SpA Announce Agreement for Distribution of Insulin Pump Products in Italy (Press)
  • Israel’s ReWalk turns focus to stroke victims with cheaper walking device (Times of Israel)
  • China’s CAR-T Therapy Race (PharmExec)
  • Pakistan launches countrywide polio eradication drive (Reuters)
  • MorphoSys' licensee Janssen receives Japanese approval for Tremfya to treat moderate to severe forms of psoriasis & psoriatic arthritis (Pharmabiz)
  • Daiichi Sankyo, DarwinHealth ink research agreement for novel cancer target initiative (Pharmabiz)
  • UAE approval heralds Mavenclad’s arrival in new market (The Pharma Letter-$)
  • China moves on to ICH GCP, despite great challenges (The Pharma Letter-$)
  • India’s move to universal healthcare: will the government salvage the healthcare system? (Qrius)
  • India To Spend Rs 16,717 Crore On Modi’s Health Insurance Plan In Two Years (Bloomberg)
  • Corrigendum against S.O. 1463(E) dated 02-04-2018. (NPPA)
  • Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance urges govt to effectively use patent law to safeguard public health (Pharmabiz)
  • Indian pharma companies secure 51 final ANDA approvals during Jan-March 2018 (Pharmabiz)
  • Healthium MedTech acquired by Apax Partners to boost its market presence (Pharmabiz)
  • Australia missing psychedelic drug 'renaissance' for mental health (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  • Report: Almost Half of Australian Military Veterans Suffer Mental Health Conditions (Voice of America)
  • WHO says Australia exported listeria-tainted melons to nine countries (Reuters)
  • Safety alert- Black Ant King tablets (TGA)
  • Safety alert - Vegetal Vigra capsules (TGA)
  • TGA presentation: Health Consumers Workshop - Medical Devices, 1 March 2018 (TGA)
  • Elto Pharma Receives Notice of Allowance in Australia for Patent Covering Eltoprazine in the Treatment of Parkinson's Levodopa-induced Dyskinesia (Press)
  • 'Miracle' tonic event in Calgary prompts probe by Health Canada (CBC News)
  • Canada’s big city mayors calling for national benchmarks to tackle mental health crisis (Global News)
  • Mental health in our cities is a crisis (The Toronto Star)
  • Register of Innovative Drugs (Health Canada)
  • Notice of Compliance (NOC) Data Extract (Health Canada)
  • FTC Staff Comment Supports Proposal to Enhance Access to Dental Care in New York (FTC)
  • Health Canada approves TECENTRIQ (atezolizumab) for the treatment of patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (Press)
  • Pfizer Canada and MaRS Innovation Partner to Convert Great Science into Solutions to Benefit Canadians’ Health (Press)
  • BESPONSA Approved by Health Canada for the Treatment of Adults with Relapsed or Refractory B-cell Precursor Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (Press)
General Health & Other Interesting Articles
  • Why Trump’s Tariffs Could Raise the Cost of a Hip Replacement (NYT)
  • For Uber And Lyft, Medicare Could Be The Next Profitable Ride (Forbes)
  • The Disappearing Doctor: How Mega-Mergers Are Changing the Business of Medical Care (CNBC)
  • 30,000 Strong and Counting, UnitedHealth Gathers a Doctor Army (Bloomberg-$)
  • The Medical Marketplace Is Changing Fast (Bloomberg-$)
  • Don't overlook the expanded tax deduction for medical expenses (CNBC)
  • Many People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit (NYT)
  • More companies to tap lucrative robot-assisted surgical systems market: GlobalData (Pharmabiz)
  • Scientists are thinking the unthinkable: CRISPR might one day reverse devastating brain diseases (STAT-$)
  • The strange story of a global pharma company’s Silicon Valley winery (STAT)
  • Where AI has the most promise for reducing healthcare costs (Healthcare IT News)
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