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Recon: Merck to Acquire Tilos for $773; Roche Gets Accelerated Approval for Lymphoma Drug Polivy

Posted 10 June 2019 | By Michael Mezher 

Recon: Merck to Acquire Tilos for $773; Roche Gets Accelerated Approval for Lymphoma Drug Polivy

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In Focus: US
  • Merck to buy Tilos Therapeutics for up to $773 million (Reuters) (STAT) (Endpoints) (Press)
  •  Merck’s Baby Biotech Splurge Won’t Fix Its Reliance on Keytruda (Bloomberg)
  • In a boost to Rituxan franchise, Roche nabs quick approval for Polivy (Endpoints) (Press) (FDA)
  • Co-owner, ex-employee of pharmacy in U.S. meningitis outbreak acquitted (Reuters) (Law360-$)
  • Opioid maker Insys files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy (Financial Times) (STAT)
  • Sarepta CEO says he welcomes Vertex’s effort to develop muscular dystrophy drugs (Boston Globe)
  • Roche’s $5bn Spark acquisition delayed amid regulatory scrutiny (Financial Times) (Endpoints) (Press)
  • PTC scores new Emflaza approval in DMD patients 2 and older (Fierce) (Press)
  • Experimental drug delays type 1 diabetes onset in mid-stage trial (Reuters)
  • Lilly's Trulicity CV outcomes data underwhelm amid blockbuster diabetes rivalry with Novo (Endpoints) (Fierce) (BioPharmaDive) (Press)
  • Lilly plans phase 2b NASH trial of dual GIP, GLP-1 agonist (Fierce)
  • Supplements for Weight Loss, Sexual Function and Muscle Building May Be Deadly (NYTimes)
  • US measles outbreak spreads to Idaho and Virginia, hits 1,022 cases (Reuters)
In Focus: International
  • AZ says Farxiga cuts kidney disease in type 2 diabetes (PMLive) (Fierce)
  • NHS data is worth billions – but who should have access to it? (The Guardian)
  • New psoriasis drug study yields positive results: Dr Reddy's (Economic Times) (Press)
  • AI study in London offers hope for MS treatment (Financial Times)
  • Implementing “the safest medicines system in the world” (Pharmafile)
  • Swedish biotech Calliditas signs China licensing deal for autoimmune candidate (PMLive)
  • China to tighten rules on foreigners using genetic material (Reuters)
  • Ebola outbreak may last up to 2 years, WHO says (The Hill)
Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology
  • FDA sends NovaVax back to the clinic; Stoke Therapeutics sets terms for upsized $101M IPO (Endpoints)
  • The gene therapy era has arrived. So have the challenges. (BioPharmaDive)
  • The top 20 highest-paid biopharma CEOs of 2018 (Fierce)
  • Understanding how microbiome bugs metabolize drugs (Nature)
  • KRAS’s undruggability cracks? (Nature)
  • Janssen inks nference AI research pact (Fierce)
  • Chickenpox Vaccine May Protect Against Shingles Years Later (NYTimes)
  • How early biomarkers and constant iteration fuel Vertex's R&D efficiency (BioCentury)
  • Evolution Or Extinction: Where Will The Gene Editing Revolution Take Us (Forbes)
  • Amid BMS R&D shuffle, F-star nabs its immuno-oncology executive (Fierce)
  • The $2.1 Million Question: What Are The Medical, Ethical Implications Of The World's Priciest Drug? (Forbes)
  • Keeping Track: First RMAT Approval On The Horizon; Big Weeks For Merck, Lilly And Celgene (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Sanofi's Soliqua proves superior to GLP-1 RA therapies in reducing blood sugar levels (Pharmafile) (Fierce)
  • ADA: NGM backs up case for once-monthly dosing of Merck-partnered NASH drug (Fierce)
  • Sticking to hottest trends in biopharma, Oncologie gathers $80M for next leg of trans-Pacific clinical journey (Endpoints)
  • Artizan completes microbiome starter package with Brii deal, CSO hire and some money to dash for the clinic (Endpoints)
  • 'We kept at it': Jeffrey Bluestone plots late-stage comeback after teplizumab shown to delay type 1 diabetes (Endpoints)
  • Tergus Pharma to become full-fledged CDMO with new manufacturing facility (Fierce)
  • Vectura CEO to step down at end of June (Pharmafile)
  • FDA Closeout Letter - Sovereign Pharmaceuticals, LLC (FDA)
Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings & Designations
  • Aptinyx's lead drug makes cut in small fibromyalgia trial, setting the stage for larger chronic pain study (Endpoints)
  • Aerpio Initiates Phase 1b Clinical Trial of Topical Ocular Formulation of AKB-9778 for Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (Press)
Medical Devices
  • Abbott device helps in cutting blood sugar in type 2 diabetics: study (Reuters)
  • Medtronic, Tidepool ink deal for interoperable, automated insulin pump (MassDevice) (Press)
  • Roche launches first in vitro lung cancer diagnostic test (PharmaTimes)
  • Will Medtech Be on High Alert after Quest and LabCorp Patient Data Exposure? (MDDI)
  • Masimo wins FDA clearance for neonatal O3 regional oximetry indication (MassDevice)
  • FDA Gives First-Ever Indication for Device to Be Used for Patients With Functional Abdominal Pain Associated With Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) (Press)
  • Dance Biopharm Presents Encouraging Data from Phase 2 Clinical Trial of Dance 501 Inhaled Insulin Therapy at American Diabetes Association Meeting (Press)
  • Medtronic Initiates Pivotal Trial for Next-Generation Guardian(TM) Continuous Glucose Monitoring Sensor (Press)
  • GMED Reinstates CE Mark for Endologix Nellix System (MDDI)
  • Acucela Receives Orphan Designation From the EMA for Emixustat for the Treatment of Stargardt Disease (Press)
  • Medtronic Initiates Pivotal Trial for Bluetooth Enabled MiniMed(TM) 780G Advanced Hybrid Closed Loop System Designed to Automate Correction Bolusing (Press)
  • Medtronic Announces Its Forthcoming Robotic Assisted Surgical Platform to Feature Three-Dimensional Vision System from KARL STORZ (Press)
US: Assorted & Government
  • California set to expand Medicaid to some undocumented adults (Politico)
  • Issues To Watch In Fed. Circ. Hep C Drug Patent Case (Law360-$)
  • Drug Cos. Hit Back In High Court 'Blocking Patent' Fight (Law360-$)
  • States Call For Unredacting Of Their Generic-Drug Pricing Suit (Law360-$)
  • UnitedHealthcare Coverage Policy Undercutting Neulasta Biosimilars Draws Concerns (Pink Sheet-$)
  • International Trade Commission, Meet Buckman (Drug & Device Law)
Upcoming Meetings & Events Europe
  • UK Govt Must Prioritize Services And Staff In Post-Brexit Trade Deals, Says ABPI (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Early access to medicines scheme (EAMS) scientific opinion: Atezolizumab in the first line treatment of adult patients with extensive-stage small cell lung cancer, in combination with carboplatin and etoposide (MHRA)
  • World needs generic drugs but their quality must be guaranteed: Journalist Katherine Eban (Economic Times)
  • Telangana govt allocates 250 acres of land for Medical Device Park at Sultanpur (PharmaBiz)
  • CDSCO needs to take on onus to approve, permit drug brand names in India: Dr BR Jagashetty (PharmaBiz)
  • Update - Notice: Introduction of the Regulatory Enrolment Process (REP) and the Use of the Common Electronic Submission Gateway (CESG) for Medical Devices (Health Canada)
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