Recon: Pfizer, BioNTech to test universal coronavirus vaccine; ARCH raises $3B fund for biotech startups

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| 29 June 2022 | By Joanne S. Eglovitch 

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In Focus: US
  • FDA's VRBPAC votes in favor of adapting the Covid-19 vaccine to the latest Omicron variant (Endpoints) (STAT) (Reuters) (The Pink Sheet)
  • FDA: Don’t rush a move to change the Covid-19 vaccine composition (STAT)
  • BioNTech, Pfizer to start testing universal vaccine for coronaviruses (Reuters)
  • US Health Officials Announce New Monkeypox Vaccination Plan (Bloomberg) (Reuters) (Washington Post)
  • Sanofi to cut insulin prices for uninsured from $99 to $35, matching the insulin cap coming through Congress (Endpoints) (Reuters)
  • Spero’s Fast-Tracked Antibiotic Drug Candidates for Complicated UTIs Hits Snag (FDAnews)
  • 100 lawmakers ask HHS to use controversial federal laws to combat high drug prices (STAT)
  • Expanding US OTC Switches Turns On Flexibility In FDA Drug Approval Process (The Pink Sheet)
  • US FDA May Play Central Role In Assuring Access To Mifepristone Post Roe v. Wade (The Pink Sheet)
  • Lilly to Sell Additional 150,000 Doses of Covid Antibody to US (Bloomberg) (Reuters)
  • Diversity Push for Clinical Trials Prompts House Panel Look (Bloomberg)
  • Foreign Influence in NIH Research Gets Lawmakers’ Attention (Bloomberg)
In Focus: International
  • EU Targets Generics, Inspection Shortfalls & Environmental Assessments (The Pink Sheet)
  • England: HTA Body NICE Makes Big RWE Push (The Pink Sheet)
  • WHO warns 'sustained transmission' of monkeypox risks vulnerable groups (Reuters)
  • Europe to buy 110k doses of Bavarian Nordic's monkeypox vaccine — as EU-licensed vaccine not easily accessible (Endpoints)
  • EU's von der Leyen can't find texts with Pfizer chief on vaccine deal -letter (Reuters)
  • COVID cases spike in Americas, South America worst hit -PAHO (Reuters)
  • EU proposes ban on flavoured heated tobacco products (Reuters)
  • British Columbia reaches $116 mln settlement with Purdue Pharma over opioid crisis (Reuters)
  • S.Korea approves first domestically developed COVID vaccine (Reuters)
  • Taiwan to receive first doses of Novavax COVID vaccine this week (Reuters)
Pharma & Biotech
  • ARCH Venture Partners raises $3 billion fund to invest in biotech startups despite brutal stock downturn (STAT) (Fierce) (Biospace)
  • Santhera's clinical data are in, but NDA delayed 4-6 months by third party manufacturer (Endpoints)
  • After FDA efforts finally get rolling, Santhera DMD drug sidelined by manufacturing delay (Fierce)
  • Covid Vaccine Maker BioNTech Plans to Target Superbugs Next (Bloomberg)
  • Reeling from Covid flop, Icosavax says its RSV candidate passed early test. But investors need some more convincing (Endpoints)
  • As bear market continues to beat down biotech, ARCH closes a $3B early-stage fund (Endpoints)
  • Bayer opens $140M cancer research center, adds 50 jobs in hopes of becoming top oncology company (Fierce)
  • Oyster Point Laying Off 50 with Focus on Dry Eye Drug Launch (Biospace)
  • Placebo response reveals unconscious bias among white patients toward female, Black physicians (STAT)
  • GSK Poaches Top AstraZeneca Dealmakers to Boost Drug Pipeline (Bloomberg)
  • Fauci Suffers Covid Symptom Rebound After Course of Pfizer’s Paxlovid (Bloomberg)
Medtech
  • Philips attributes foam breakdowns in recalled ventilators to ozone-based cleaners (Fierce)
  • Siemens Healthineers to hold on to ultrasound division – CFO (Reuters)
  • Bayer launches digital AI marketplace for analyzing CT, MRI scans (Fierce)
  • Merck launches healthcare startup incubator for AI developers (Fierce)
  • Schrodinger to launch first human trial of its computer-designed blood cancer drug (Fierce)
Government, Regulatory & Legal
  • Sanofi Says Taxotere Eye Injury Suires Meritless, Preempted (Bloomberg)
  • Texas AG Investigates Walmart’s Opioid Sales Practices (Law360)

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