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Regulatory Focus™ > News Articles > 2019 > 10 > Recon: UCB to Buy Ra for $2.1B; Reata to Pay $330M to Reacquire Drug Rights from AbbVie

Recon: UCB to Buy Ra for $2.1B; Reata to Pay $330M to Reacquire Drug Rights from AbbVie

Posted 10 October 2019 | By Michael Mezher 

Recon: UCB to Buy Ra for $2.1B; Reata to Pay $330M to Reacquire Drug Rights from AbbVie

Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.
In Focus: US
  • Bill Gates backs Ginkgo Bioworks' $350M raise to fuel the buzzy synthetic biology 'revolution' (Endpoints)
  • AbbVie uncoupling costs Reata $330M in cold, hard cash (Endpoints) (BioPharmaDive) (Press)
  • Big Pharma Bets on Body’s Garbage-Disposal System to Beat Cancer (Bloomberg)
  • J&J hands off non-opioid painkiller to an upstart in the race for next-gen analgesics (Endpoints) (Press)
  • Gene testing firm gets 25-year ban in $42.6 million kickback settlement (Reuters) (DOJ)
  • Massive jury award against J&J highlights risks of its legal strategy (Reuters)
  • Flow of US biotech VC dollars on track to match record 2018 levels — China? Not so much (Endpoints)
  • Chairman Neal Announces A Hearing On Investing In The US Health System By Lowering Drug Prices, Reducing Out-Of-Pocket Costs, And Improving Medicare Benefits (House Ways & Means)
  • Executive Order on Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents (White House)
In Focus: International
  • Belgium's UCB to buy Ra Pharmaceuticals in $2.1 billion cash deal (Reuters) (Endpoints) (BioWorld) (Press)
  • Wall Street trims cancer drug developer BioNTech's unicorn valuation (Endpoints)
  • Life Sciences and UK's future role: Sir John Bell delivers MHRA annual lecture (GOV.UK)
  • International donors pledge $14 billion to tackle AIDS: Macron (Reuters)
  • Chinese growth shot’s some years away for pharma companies (Economic Times)
  • BeiGene opens phase one of $320M plant with 180 workers (Fierce)
  • Elmiron bags draft NICE approval (PharmaTimes)
  • Chinese biotech: from copycat to innovator (Financial Times)
  • Daiichi starts challenging Astellas for Japanese AML market (PMLive)
  • Congo's Ebola outbreak slows but still entrenched in insecure areas: WHO (Reuters)
Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology
  • With a new guide to tapering opioids, federal health officials seek a balanced approach to prescribing (STAT)
  • Alexion bags option on Stealth's phase 3 rare disease drug (Fierce)
  •  Leave No Stone Unturned: A Pipeline Story (LifeSciVC)
  • After A Life Of Painful Sickle Cell Disease, A Patient Hopes Gene-Editing Can Help (NPR)
  • Beyond ICER: Arnold Foundation Wants To Dig Deeper On R&D And Pricing (Pink Sheet-$)
  • After Biosimilar Fee Collections Fall Short, US FDA Modifies Carryover Spend-Down Plan (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Talking about Toxicity — “What We’ve Got Here Is a Failure to Communicate” (NEJM)
  • Parexel embraces real world evidence, enlisting Datavant to drill it into CRO workflow (Endpoints)
  • Influenza candidate vaccine viruses improved by amino acid substitution in hemagglutinin (FDA)
  • 3D Printing a Human Heart Valve (NIH)
  • The great escape: tumour cell plasticity in resistance to targeted therapy (Nature)
  • How Express Scripts Plans to Disrupt the Emerging Cell and Gene Therapy Channel (Drug Channels)
  • Novartis has its blockbuster Beovu OK, but its 'hot mess' label leaves something to be desired: analysts (Fierce)
  • Feeling pressure in hemophilia, Novo signs gene editing deal with Bluebird (BioPharmaDive) (PMLive)
  • Viagra May Enhance Stem Cell Treatments For Leukemia (Forbes)
  • Neglected on Wall Street, little Stealth Bio finds an affluent chum with $30M in cash and high hopes for their PhIII drug (Endpoints)
  • Flemming Ørnskov takes on a new challenge, driving a $10B dermatology spinout with some big plans for growth (Endpoints)
Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings & Designations
  • Frequency Therapeutics Commences Dosing in its Phase 2a Study of FX-322 for Sensorineural Hearing Loss; FDA Grants FX-322 Fast Track Designation (Press)
  • Dermira to Present Data from Phase 2b Study of Lebrikizumab in Patients with Atopic Dermatitis at Fall Clinical Dermatology Conference (Press)
  • Seattle Genetics Announces Initiation of Phase 3 Clinical Trial of Tucatinib in Combination with Ado-trastuzumab Emtansine (T-DM1, Kadcyla®) for Patients with Advanced or Metastatic HER2-Positive Breast Cancer (Press)
  • Galderma Advances Phase 3 Clinical Study with Nemolizumab in Moderate-to-Severe Atopic Dermatitis (Press)
  • Forbius: Phase 2 Clinical Data with Tumor-Selective Anti-EGFR ADC AVID100 Featured at AACR-NCI-EORTC and World ADC San Diego (Press)
  • MGB Biopharma Announces Promising Phase IIa Clinical Trial Update for MGB-BP-3, a Novel, Potent Bactericidal Antibiotic Targeting Clostridium difficile-Associated Diarrhoea (CDAD) (Press)
  • EicOsis Announces FDA Acceptance of IND Application for EC5026, the First Soluble Epoxide Hydrolase Inhibitor to Treat Pain (Press)
Medical Devices
  • Device Industry Backs Proposed Changes to Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law (Focus)
  • FDA Issues Two Final Guidances on Guidewires, Catheters and Delivery Systems (Focus)
  • FDA Finalizes Guidance on Streamlined IVD Reviews for Cancer Clinical Trials (Focus)
  • FDA’s bill of materials creates a cybersecurity blind spot for medical devices (Healthcare IT News)
  • MITA Releases National Standard For Medical Device Security (MITA)
  • THINK Surgical Receives FDA Clearance to Market Active Robot for Total Knee Replacement Procedures in the United States (Press)
  • Mobidiag Gets CE Mark for Intestinal Parasites Test (GenomeWeb)
US: Assorted & Government
  • Planned Parenthood announces first 2020 endorsements (Politico)
  • Precision Medicine Gets A Boost From Congress (Forbes)
  • The Biosimilars Forum Applauds Congressmen Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Bob Gibbs (R-OH) for Introducing Legislation Mandating a CMS Star Ratings Program for Biosimilars (Biosimilars Forum)
  • Acting FDA chief inspects two international mail facilities for illicit vaping and opioid products (CNBC)
  • Chinese Distributor Can't Shake Trade Secrets Suit (Law360-$)
  • Grogan Implies HHS Adding Part D Drugs To Int’l Pricing Index Demo (IHP-$)
  • HHS Safe Harbor For Value-Based Drug Contracts May Be On Horizon (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Following More Than Just Money (Drug & Device Law)
  • USPTO Meets Pendency Goals for FY2019 (Patent Docs)
Upcoming Meetings & Events Europe
  • 5 Ways A Hard Brexit Will Sicken Britain’s Healthcare (Forbes)
  • UK Updates on Drug Shortage Plans Ahead of Looming Brexit Deadline (Focus)
  • EU Regulatory Roundup: Ireland’s HPRA Floats Fee Increases as Brexit Creates Challenges (Focus)
  • EC Unveils First Notified Body Designation Under IVDR (Focus)
  • No-deal Brexit likely to increase cost of new medicines, Scottish government says (Pharmaceutical Journal)
  • Specific Hudson RCI Sheridan endotracheal tubes and connectors - 15 mm connector may detach from the tube before or during use (MDA/2019/036) (MHRA)
  • Prismaflex haemofiltration systems installed with software versions 8.10, 7.20 and lower – risk of unexpected machine shutdown during treatment (MDA/2019/037) (MHRA)
  • China Joins IMDRF’s Safety Information Exchange Program (Focus)
  • India’s Health Ministry seeking to speed approvals of vaccines (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Patients' group opposes stent categorization (Economic Times)
  • Summary Safety Review - Avalon Fetal Monitor FM20, Avalon Fetal Monitor FM30, Avalon Fetal Monitor FM40 and Avalon Fetal Monitor FM50 manufactured by Philips Medizin Systeme Boeblingen GmbH - Health Canada (Health Canada)
General Health & Other Interesting Articles
  • Stroke rates continue decline in the US (Reuters)
  • Change in memory test scoring could help catch Alzheimer's earlier in women (NBC)
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