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Recon: Novartis to Spin Off Alcon; Biogen to Pay $700m for Samsung Joint Venture Stake

Posted 29 June 2018 | By Ana Mulero 

Recon: Novartis to Spin Off Alcon; Biogen to Pay $700m for Samsung Joint Venture Stake

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In Focus: US Sponsored Content: In-Depth IVDR/MDR Kick Starter Kit In Focus: International
  • Andriukaitis: SPC manufacturing waiver does not damage pharma innovation (Euractiv)
  • Acceleron blood disease drug hits goal in pivotal clinical trial (STAT) (Endpoints) (Fierce)
  • Update: MHRA streamlines services for devices customers (MHRA)
  • ICH M9 reaches Step 2b of the ICH Process (ICH)
  • Commission and WHO discuss how to strengthen their collaboration (EC)
  • Anvisa maintains status in the European Union for pharmaceutical supplies (Anvisa)
  • WHO health supplies reach southern Syria as needs grow amid increased fighting (WHO)
Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology
  • Top Policy Expert’s Ties To Giant Drugmaker Often Go Unstated (Kaiser Health News)
  • Biosimilars Forum Releases Position on Non-Medical Switching (Biosimilars Forum)
  • Status of U.S. Biosimilar Approvals and Pending Applications (Patent Docs)
  • Federal watchdog bashes controversial drug discount program for lax oversight (Washington Examiner) (GAO)
  • Quality metrics – the next step (Lachman Consultants)
  • How Big Pharma Was Captured by the One Percent (The New Republic)
  • Bayer teams up with the Broad to tackle congestive heart failure (The Boston Globe)
  • What does PBM stand for? In Ohio (and elsewhere), it’s programs bilking millions (STAT)
  • Investors are bored with Big Biotech. Here’s a look at the numbers (STAT-$)
  • How does the first half of 2018 measure up against the last 7 years for biotech IPOs? (Endpoints)
  • FDA chief on Amazon's health-care move: 'Disruptive competition is a good thing' (CNBC)
  • Amazon's PillPack Acquisition All Started With an MIT Hackathon (Bloomberg)
  • AI Will Not Threaten Pharma Patents – Not This Way (Science Translational Medicine)
  • Human nature: the next frontier for pharma? (PharmaTimes)
  • Voyager Therapeutics poaches Genzyme, Sanofi executive Andre Turenne as new CEO (Fierce)
  • DIA18: CRISPR, AI, blockchain and the future of drug development (BioPharma Dive)
  • ICER Weekly View 06-29-18 (ICER)
  • Clarifications to FDA’s Q7 Good Manufacturing Practice Guidance for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (FDA Law Blog)
  • Court Rules That Boehringer Doesn’t Have to Give Barr Deal Analysis to the FTC (FDA Law Blog)
Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings and Designations
  • Novo Nordisk trumpets more Januvia-topping data for oral semaglutide (Fierce)
  • Gemphire sparkles on third trial win for lead drug gemcabene (Fierce)
  • FDA approves Dermira's wipe for excessive armpit sweating (Reuters)
  • Cel-Sci vindicated in CRO arbitration (BioPharma Dive) (Washington Business Journal-$)
  • Approved Anti-Cancer Drugs Reveal New Target: Non-Coding RNAs (GEN)
  • CAR-T Cells Just Got Some "Killer" Competition (GEN)
  • Novel drug therapy partially restores hearing in mice (NIH)
  • Ocular Therapeutix Announces NDA Resubmission of DEXTENZA (Press)
  • ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Announces FDA Approval of New Dosing Formulation and Strength for NUPLAZID (Pimavanserin) (Press)
  • Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Presents ADVANCE Phase 3 ROLONTIS (eflapegrastim) Data at MASCC 2018 and Announces the Phase 3 RECOVER Study Met the Primary Endpoint (Press)
  • Alder BioPharmaceuticals Presents New One-Year Data for Eptinezumab from PROMISE 1 Phase 3 Trial Demonstrating Long-Term Efficacy in Episodic Migraine (Press)
Medical Devices
  • Avita Medical acquires California plant producing its burn treatment device (Fierce)
  • Neuronetics goes public with $93.5M IPO following several VC rounds (Fierce)
  • ReWalk Robotics expands ReStore soft exo-suit trial (MassDevice)
  • Medical device security software startup MedCrypt pulls in $1.9M (MobiHealthNews) (MedCity News)
  • Renovis Surgical Receives FDA Clearance for Tesera Trabecular Technology Hyperlordotic ALIF Interbody Spinal Fusion System (Press)
  • Embolx Announces FDA Clearance of Next Generation Sniper Balloon Occlusion Microcatheter to Deliver Pressure-Directed Therapy for Tumors, Enlarged Prostate and Fibroids (Press)
  • Apollo Endosurgery Receives Special 510(k) Clearance for OverStitch Sx Endoscopic Suturing System (Press)
  • GenMark Diagnostics Announces FDA Submission of its ePlex Blood Culture Identification Gram Positive Panel (Press)
US: Assorted & Government
  • 2018 PDA/FDA Joint Regulatory Conference (FDA)
  • Important Information for Blood Establishments Regarding Brodifacoum Contamination of Synthetic Cannabinoids (FDA)
  • Biological Product and HCT/P Deviation Reports – Annual Summary for Fiscal Year 2017 (FDA)
  • Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on FDA’s efforts to collaborate with internet stakeholders to stop the illegal sale of opioids online (FDA)
  • FDA allows off-label health care economic discussions. Is there more to come? (STAT)
  • Amazon swooped in to buy PillPack for around $1 billion after Walmart dragged its feet (CNBC)
  • Amazon Faces Challenges in Cracking $300 Billion Pharmacy Market (Bloomberg)
Upcoming Meetings & Events Europe
  • UK Watchdog Looks To Revive £89M Drug Pricing Fine (Law360-$)
  • EU approves Pfizer’s Xeljanz for psoriatic arthritis (PharmaTimes)
  • Puma Biotech gets EU panel nod for breast cancer drug (Reuters)
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Receives Positive CHMP Opinion Recommending Approval of Opdivo (nivolumab) for the Adjuvant Treatment of Adult Patients with Melanoma (Press)
  • Mitsubishi and Janssen tweak Stelara collaboration in Japan (The Pharma Letter)
  • Sanofi Korea presents findings on head-to-head trial on Toujeo vs. Tresiba (Korea Biomedical Review)
  • BMS Korea wins fight for Eliquis patent (Korea Biomedical Review)
  • Effect of Fruquintinib vs Placebo on Overall Survival in Patients With Previously Treated Metastatic Colorectal Cancer (JAMA)
  • Daiichi Sankyo and Menarini Enter into Exclusive Licensing Agreement for Commercializing LIXIANA in the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore (Press)
  • Zai Lab Announces Dosing of First Patient in Phase 3 China Registration Trial of ZL-2306 (niraparib) for First-Line Maintenance Therapy in Platinum Responsive Ovarian Cancer (Press)
  • Patents After Kennedy • Black Market Fertility • Devices in India (Bloomberg)
  • Fortis Healthcare extends deadline of binding bids to July 3 (Times of India)
  • New warnings on labels of medicines containing neuromuscular blocking agents (TGA)
  • Medicine labels: Guidance on TGO 91 and TGO 92 (TGA)
  • Canada’s Supreme Court Preserves Drug Price Control Powers (Bloomberg)
  • Drug and health product submissions under review (SUR) (Health Canada)
  • Notice - Revision to the Post-Notice of Compliance (NOC) Changes - Notices of Change: Level III Form (Health Canada)
  • Notice: Release of the revised Guidance Document: Post-Notice of Compliance (NOC) Changes - Safety and Efficacy (Health Canada)
  • Notice: Release of the revised Post-Notice of Compliance (NOC) Changes - Framework Guidance Document (Health Canada)
  • Notice: Consultation: Release of Draft (Step 2) ICH Guidance: Q3D: Guideline for Elemental Impurities (Cadmium Inhalation PDE revision) (Health Canada)
  • Radiopharmaceuticals, Kits, and Generators – Submission Information for Schedule C Drugs: Draft Guidance Document for Consultation (Health Canada)
  • Health Canada Approves PrSYMDEKO (tezacaftor/ivacaftor and ivacaftor) to Treat the Underlying Cause of Cystic Fibrosis in People Ages 12 and Older with Certain Mutations in the CFTR Gene (Press)
  • EsopH, an innovative therapy for heartburn, approved for Canada (Press)
General Health & Other Interesting Articles
  • Are There No Limits To Human Lifespan? Here Is What This Study Said (Forbes)
  • Amazon is taking on health care’s most vexing challenge — the chronically ill (STAT-$)
  • New team assembled to unlock the innovation potential in healthcare data (Microsoft)
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