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Recon: In Biotech, $6 Billion Can Vanish Quickly

Posted 05 June 2018 | By Ana Mulero 

Recon: In Biotech, $6 Billion Can Vanish Quickly

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In Focus: International Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology
  • Opinion: Embracing Competition To Empower Biosimilars (Forbes)
  • AstraZeneca CEO on immunotherapy, drug prices (CNBC)
  • Rebel Allergan investors demand C-suite shakeup after 'half-hearted' strategic review (Fierce)
  • More Thoughts on AbbVie’s Rova-T Implosion (Science Magazine)
  • Gilead ups its bet on HIV, hep B, inking $400M partnership with immunotherapy company Hookipa (Endpoints) (Press)
  • Following FDA win, Portola loses CEO William Lis (Endpoints)
  • OxyContin maker seeks dismissal of Alaska lawsuit (The Associated Press)
  • New risk calculator could change the aspirin, statins, and blood pressure medications some people take (STAT)
  • As CAR-T treatments advance, Washington grapples with ideas for how to pay for them (STAT-$)
  • Sanofi is the latest drug maker to say average net prices fell last year (STAT-$)
  • Versartis stock climbs on reverse merger with Aravive (BioPharma Dive)
  • BIO18: Pfizer's Bourla on volume vs. value (BioPharma Dive)
  • Gilead Sciences Announces Leadership Changes in Corporate Development and Strategy (Press)
  • TESARO Announces Collaboration to Evaluate ZEJULA in Combination With Anti-PD-L1 Cancer Immunotherapy and MEK Inhibitor in Platinum-Sensitive Ovarian Cancer (Press)
Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings and Designations
  • New HIV vaccine test shows promise (Axios)
  • Hours after filing $150M IPO, Tricida shares positive PhIII trial results on CKD drug (Endpoints)
  • Biogen’s Alzheimer’s drug, elenbecestat, shows early promise (pharmaphorum) (Press)
  • FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation to Gene Therapy for Treatment of CALD (RareDR)
  • ASCO: Pfizer’s dacomitinib bests Iressa in NSCLC overall survival showdown (Fierce) (Press)
  • Randomization in Clinical Trials: Permuted Blocks and Stratification (JAMA)
  • FDA Grants Cellectis IND Approval for UCART22 in B-ALL (Press)
  • Palatin Technologies Announces FDA Acceptance for Review of Bremelanotide NDA (Press)
  • Tricida Announces Positive Pivotal Phase 3 Clinical Trial Results for TRC101 in CKD Patients With Metabolic Acidosis (Press)
  • New Two-Year Data Show Treatment with Janssen’s Stelara (Ustekinumab) Reduced Rates of Hospitalisation and Surgery in Patients with Moderate-to-Severe Crohn’s Disease, Compared with Placebo (Press)
  • NewLink Genetics Announces Final Results from Two Phase 2 Studies of Indoximod Presented at ASCO 2018 (Press)
  • Ritter Pharmaceuticals Highlights Key Phase 2b Clinical Trial Data of RP-G28 for Lactose Intolerance at Digestive Disease Week 2018 (Press)
  • Asterias Biotherapeutics Announces Independent Data Monitoring Committee Completes Last Intermediate Review of AST-OPC1 Clinical Trial in Acute Spinal Cord Injury (Press)
  • Protalix BioTherapeutics Announces Additional Positive Results from Final Analysis of the Phase II Clinical Trial of OPRX-106 for the Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis (Press)
Medical Devices
  • This Fungus Could Help Cure Cancer (Bloomberg)
  • Halyard Health inks $65m deal to acquire CoolSystems (MassDevice)
  • Medtronic releases long term guidance (MassDevice) (Press)
  • Genealogy site MyHeritage says 92 million user accounts compromised (STAT)
  • The convergence of the technology and medical device industries is no longer a practical impossibility (MedCity News)
  • EarlySense acquires predictive analytics to help hospitals assess cardiac risk (Healthcare IT News)
  • UPS seeks to disrupt implantable medical device supply chain (Healthcare Dive)
  • Artificial Intelligence Provides New Path for Securing Connected Medical Devices (AAMI)
  • Joint Commission Promotes ‘Documentation’ as Solution to Common Survey Concerns (AAMI)
  • Enabling Deep-Tissue Networking for Miniature Medical Devices (MIT)
  • Feasibility of Bioengineered Tracheal and Bronchial Reconstruction Using Stented Aortic Matrices (JAMA)
  • Philips receives U.S. FDA 510(k) clearance for its Ingenia Elition MR solution (Press)
  • FDA Clears Biograph Vision PET/CT System From Siemens Healthineers (Press)
  • FDA Approves Smilekey, a Much Anticipated Smileloc Induction Remover Device by Rodo Medical, Inc. (Press)
  • Apollo Endosurgery Announces FDA Approval of Revised Labeling for the ORBERA Intragastric Balloon System (Press)
  • Diamond Orthopedic Announces 510(k) Clearance for Sterile Faceted Screw Technology (Press)
  • Cook Medical, Taewoong Medical Partner to Distribute Stents in the U.S. (Press)
  • CLS and Exact Imaging Sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to Enter into a Commercial Collaboration on Image Guided Focused Laser Ablation of Disease in Prostate (Press)
  • iSchemaView Completes MDSAP Audit — Moves to Expand Worldwide Adoption of RAPID Imaging Platform (Press)
  • CoreLink Announces the Acquisition of Medical Device Company Expanding Orthopedics (Press)
  • Caladrius Biosciences Sells Rights to Counter-Flow Centrifugation System to Hitachi Chemical Advanced Therapeutics Solutions (Press)
  • Emboline, Inc. Completes Initial Human Clinical Cases With The Emboliner Embolic Protection Catheter (Press)
  • ENDOCUFF Use Is Shown To Reduce Lifetime Direct Medical Costs and Improve Health Outcomes of Interval Colorectal Cancer Screening (Press)
  • CENTOGENE to Open First U.S. Laboratory in Cambridge, MA Focused on Rare Genetic Diseases Diagnostics (Press)
  • Qt Partners with Emergo to Accelerate Time-to-Market for Medical Devices (Press)
  • Healthcare Providers Cite Struggles with Medical Device Security, Data Management -- Unisys Survey (Press)
US: Assorted & Government
  • Kratom advocates fight FDA crackdown (Washington Examiner)
  • Affordable Care Act premiums keep going up (Axios)
  • Maine Voted to Expand Medicaid. Judge Orders the State to Get Moving. (NYT)
  • Long waits under VA’s private health program (AP News)
  • Texas plaintiffs personalize uphill legal challenge to overturn Obamacare (Politico)
  • Allergan's tribal licensing deal, opposed by tech giants, gets appeals court scrutiny (Fierce)
  • More information leads to better quality care for patients. Congress can help (The Hill)
  • Opinion: Every state needs a database with all health insurance claims, not just some (STAT)
  • Nurse Practitioners Boost Presence By 43% In Rural America (Forbes)
  • CMS unveils scorecard for Medicaid programs (Modern Healthcare)
  • Mandatory Shared Decision Making by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for Cardiovascular Procedures and Other Tests (JAMA)
  • Transition to the ICD-10 in the United States: An Emerging Data Chasm (JAMA)
Upcoming Meetings & Events Europe
  • Changes to look out for in Medical Devices Regulations (PMLiVE)
  • Drugs scandal roils Greek politics (Politico)
  • Fourth Humira biosimilar set for EU approval (pharmaphorum)
  • Migraine prevention drug Aimovig poised for EU approval (pharmaphorum)
  • EU filing for Clovis’ Rubraca in ovarian cancer maintenance setting (PharmaTimes)
  • The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Manual (NHS England)
  • Singapore’s HSA Implementing Major Medical Device Regulatory Changes (Emergo Group)
  • Sanofi-Aventis Korea releases dyslipidemia therapy (Korea Biomedical Review)
  • Domestic pharma industry driving huge machinery influx at P-MEC China (BioSpectrum)
  • Roche scrambles to boost Herceptin supply in China after insurance OK triggers shortage (Fierce)
  • Celltrion launches CDMO business at BIO International conference (The Pharma Letter-$) (Press)
  • AtriCure inks multi-year Chinese distro deal with Baheal Pharma (MassDevice)
  • Will blockchain transform healthcare in South Korea? (Tech Wire Asia)
  • IONTAS Signs Collaboration Agreement With LG Chem, Ltd. to Identify Therapeutic Oncology Leads (Press)
  • Verastem Oncology and Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd. Sign Exclusive License Agreement for the Development and Commercialization of Duvelisib in Japan (Press)
  • Govt Wants Pharma Firms to Hand Over 1% Profits for Emergency 'Medicine Bank' (The Wire)
  • NPPA weighing options to cap trade margins to reduce prices of medical devices (Pharmabiz)
  • Gujarat FDCA approves plant designs of 110 new mfg units under Make In India programme (Pharmabiz)
  • System to flag 'dodgy' drugs risks failing consumers, experts warn (The Guardian)
  • Biomedical Translation Fund helps keep kidney disease pharma in Australia (AFR)
  • SA Government describes EPAS as a "failure" that is impairing hospital operations (HITNA)
  • Advance notice - update to an eCTD file download for version 3.1 (TGA)
  • Product defect alert - potential for blister strip to contain lower strength tablets (TGA)
  • Medical devices and IVDs: Suspensions from the ARTG (TGA)
  • Consultation: Proposed Schedule 3 substances to be added to Appendix H of the Poisons Standard (TGA)
  • Automation of validation of eCTD and NeeS sequences (TGA)
  • Prescription medicines: registration of new generic medicines and biosimilar medicines (TGA)
  • Prescription medicines: new or extended uses, or new combinations of registered medicines (TGA)
  • Prescription medicines: registration of new chemical entities in Australia (TGA)
  • Clinical Innovations acquires Australian distributor JB Medical Supplies (Press)
  • No Name chicken burgers recalled after salmonella outbreak (Global News)
  • Notice: Health Canada Review of Vitamin D Levels for Non-Prescription Use (Health Canada)
General Health & Other Interesting Articles
  • A Biotech Entrepreneur Aims To Help Us Stay Young While Growing Old (Forbes)
  • Many people with mild brain injuries don't get follow-up care (Reuters)
  • Young men tend not to seek mental health help. Virtual visits are changing that (CNBC)
  • What The First Microscopes Teach Us About Electronic Health Records (Fortune)
  • She Went to Jail for a Drug Relapse. Tough Love or Too Harsh? (NYT)
  • AI is coming to a doctor's office near you, and AMA wants to be ready (Healthcare IT News)
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