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Recon: Astellas to Buy Gene Therapy Developer Audentes for $3B

Posted 03 December 2019 | By Michael Mezher 

Recon: Astellas to Buy Gene Therapy Developer Audentes for $3B

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In Focus: US
  • Senate Committee Advances Nomination of Hahn as FDA Commissioner (Focus)
  • US Considers Easing Drug Protections to Break Logjam Over Trade Pact (WSJ) (Reuters)
  • Medical Device Failures Brought To Light Now Bolster Lawsuits And Research (KHN)
  • Merck Cyberattack’s $1.3 Billion Question: Was It an Act of War? (Bloomberg)
  • States fight bonus pay for CEO of OxyContin maker Purdue (Reuters)
  • Health program offers free HIV prevention drug to uninsured (AP) (STAT)
  • Congress is hoping for another major medical research bill. But pharma’s not nearly as excited as before (STAT)
  • Ardelyx's kidney disease drug reduces elevated phosphate levels in late-stage study (Reuters) (Endpoints) (Press)
  • FDA bowed to industry for decades as alarms were sounded over talc (Reuters)
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In Focus: International
  • Japan's Astellas to buy Audentes for $3 billion in high-priced gene therapy bet (Reuters) (Endpoints) (Xconomy) (Press)
  • Amarin files fish oil-based heart drug Vascepa in Europe (PMLive)
  • Sangamo granted authorisation of first-in-human CAR-Treg trial (PharmaTimes)
  • Donald Trump says he wants ‘nothing to do with’ NHS (Financial Times)
  • Pfizer pulls plug on pension reforms after union rejection (The Irish Times)
  • AstraZeneca divests Seroquel rights to focus on key therapy areas (PMLive)
  • Ontario focused on rare disease drugs ahead of national drug plan talks (Reuters)
  • Greek Prosecutor requests fresh eyes on Novartis case (Ekathimerini)
  • PIC/S Looks to Help Inspectors Gauge the Effectiveness of a PQS With Risk-Based Change Management (Focus)
Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology
  • The end of placeboes is in sight (Wired)
  • The history of OxyContin, told through unsealed Purdue documents (STAT)
  • Purdue’s Richard Sackler proposed plan to play down OxyContin risks, and wanted drug maker feared ‘like a tiger,’ files show (STAT)
  • FDA ushers Merck's star cancer drug Keytruda toward another key checkpoint (Endpoints)
  • Real World Evidence For Rare Diseases: Payers Cite Lack Of Clarity On Value (Pink Sheet-$)
  • After FDA rejection, Immunomedics tries again with breast cancer drug (BioPharmaDive)
  • Biogen’s stock could fall 10% on new Alzheimer’s drug data this week, top analyst says (CNBC)
  • FDA Finalizes Guidance on Adaptive Trial Designs (Focus)
  • Genomics Data Should Get More Attention In FDA Drug Review And Labeling, Regeneron Says (Pink Sheet-$)
  • On the heels of $225M royalty deal, Kodiak shoots for $250M raise to fund pivotal programs of its Eylea slayer (Endpoints)
  • AbbVie picks first Alzheimer's, Parkinson's targets in Mission pact; Amarin files for Vascepa OK in Europe (Endpoints)
  • Covington-Led Immunotherapy Co. IFM Lands $56M Financing (Law360-$)
  • Neurocrine Inks $50M Xenon Pharma Deal to Expand Into Epilepsy (Xconomy)
  • Blockbuster in the balance: Celgene's Reblozyl faces FDA committee for myelodysplastic syndromes (Fierce)
  • Lynparza, Keytruda Supplemental Indications Face US FDA Panel Review (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb and Acceleron Pharma Announce FDA Advisory Committee Will Review Reblozyl® (luspatercept-aamt) for Use in Patients With Myelodysplastic Syndromes (Press)
  • Can Biohaven challenge the Allergan/AbbVie goliath in migraine? CEO Coric thinks so (Fierce)
  • FDA Awards DNAnexus with Five-Year, $20 Million Contract to Power precisionFDA Collaborative Omics Environment in the Cloud (Press)
Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings & Designations
  • Seattle Genetics and Astellas Announce Clinical Trial Collaboration with Merck to Evaluate Enfortumab Vedotin in Combination with KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) in Patients with Metastatic Urothelial Cancer (Press)
  • Astellas Presents New Data on XOSPATA® (gilteritinib) in FLT3 Mutation-Positive Relapsed/Refractory Acute Myeloid Leukemia at the 2019 American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting (Press)
  • Struggling Adaptimmune gets a boost from the FDA as T-cell cancer drug wins an inside track at the agency (Endpoints)
  • Biogen boasts PhII win in lupus — will anyone turn their head from Alzheimer's to notice? (Endpoints)
  • Lumosa Announces FDA Acceptance of IND Application for LT1001, an Extended-Release Analgesic Injection - Lumosa to Initiate the Bridging Study in the US (Press)
  • Censa Pharmaceuticals Announces CNSA-001 Met Primary and Secondary Endpoints in Phase 2 Trial in Patients with PKU (Press)
  • QBiotics Announces First Patient Dosed in its Phase I/II Clinical Trial of Tigilanol Tiglate for Head and Neck Cancer (Press)
  • Aerie Pharmaceuticals Submits Marketing Authorisation Application for Roclanda® (netarsudil and latanoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.02%/0.005% in Europe (Press)
  • NantKwest Announces Phase 1 Results for First-in-Human PD-L1 Tumor-Targeted Natural Killer Cells (PD-L1.t-haNK) in Patients with Locally Advanced or Metastatic Solid Cancers (Press)
  • Aldeyra Therapeutics Announces Positive Top-Line Results from Part 1 of Adaptive Phase 3 RENEW Trial in Dry Eye Disease (Press)
  • Theravance Biopharma Announces Dosing of First Patient in Phase 2 Allergen Challenge Study of TD-8236, an Investigational, Lung-Selective, Inhaled Pan-Janus Kinase (JAK) Inhibitor for Inflammatory Lung Diseases (Press)
  • Health Canada Grants Priority Review Status for Heron Therapeutics' New Drug Submission for HTX-011 for Management of Postoperative Pain (Press)
Medical Devices
  • Dexcom says the outage that kept diabetes patients from tracking blood sugar was a ‘complete surprise’ (CNBC)
  • UPDATE: Increased Rate of Mortality in Patients Receiving Abiomed Impella RP System - Letter to Health Care Providers (FDA)
  • FDA clears SynchroSeal and E-100 generator for Intuitive’s da Vinci X, Xi platforms (MassDevice)
  • Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Submission of Information on Pediatric Uses of Medical Devices (FDA)
US: Assorted & Government
  • Senators urge Medicare to prevent bias in AI tools used in health care (STAT)
  • Verma to meet with Pence (Politico)
  • Why the Less Disruptive Health Care Option Could Be Plenty Disruptive (NYTimes)
  • Kisor May Be A New Dawn For Challenges To FDA Actions (Law360-$)
  • Pfizer Claims No Link To Generic-Drug Price-Fix Plot (Law360                -$)
  • Seattle Genetics moves to dismiss ADC lawsuit with Daiichi Sankyo (PMLive)
  • FDA’s Latest Draft Guidance on Compounding Animal Drugs From Bulk Substances Seeks Industry Input! Comments Due on February 18, 2020 (FDA Law Blog)
  • When California Law Doesn’t Apply (Drug & Device Law)
Upcoming Meetings & Events
  • FDA Advisory Committee Calendar
  • Public Workshop on Patient-Focused Drug Development: Guidance 4 – Incorporating Clinical Outcome Assessments into Endpoints for Regulatory Decision Making – 6 December 2019
  • Public Workshop - Evolving Role of Artificial Intelligence in Radiological Imaging – 25-26 February 2020
  • Facilitating End-to-End Development of Individualized Therapeutics – 3 March 2020
  • Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting – 17 December 2019
  • Hearing On "Building Consumer Confidence By Empowering FDA To Improve Cosmetic Safety" – 4 December 2019
  • EC Explains What it Means to Authorize Clinical Trials With Conditions (Focus)
  • Eudamed’s 2-Year Delay: CAMD Executive Group Calls for Interim Solutions (Focus)
  • Genetron Health Gets China NMPA Approval for Clinical NGS System, Files for IPO (GenomeWeb)
  • Asia Regulatory Roundup: China’s NMPA Finds Fault With Quality Management Systems at Vaccine Facilities (Focus)
  • US FDA to train Gujarat FDCA inspectors on system based drug batch manufacturing records to address data integrity issues (Pharmabiz)
  • Biocon elevates Siddharth Mittal as CEO and joint MD (Economic Times)
  • Medtronic launches Mazor X robot surgery system in India (MassDevice)
  • Medtronic and Elekta form radiation therapy pacts with ViewRay (MedtechDive)
  • GE Healthcare bulks up in 3D printing, robotics, patient monitoring (MedtechDive)
Other International
  • Climate risks to health are growing but prioritized funding lacking to safeguard human health from climate change (WHO)
General Health & Other Interesting Articles
  • 'Prediabetes' common in U.S. teens, young adults (Reuters)
  • 30 Under 30 In Healthcare 2020: Fixing Healthcare At Every Scale (Forbes)
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