Recon: Inovio to lay off 18% of its staff; EU signs COVID-19 procurement deal with Gilead

| 19 July 2022 | By Michael Mezher 

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In Focus: US
  • The politics of passing a major FDA funding bill just got complicated (STAT)
  • FDA approves first at-home therapy for skin repigmentation in vitiligo patients (STAT)
  • Biotech employees cash in health care’s largest salaries, while people working at providers sit near the bottom (STAT)
  • Dozens of lawmakers urge HHS to fine drugmakers for curtailing discounts to a federal program (STAT)
  • J&J's cancer drug sales help weather hit from stronger dollar (Reuters)
  • Inovio to cut 18% full-time jobs to conserve cash (Reuters)
  • In another Lynparza flop, AstraZeneca, Merck pull the plug on a colorectal cancer trial (Fierce)
In Focus: International
  • EU signs COVID drug procurement deal with Gilead (Reuters)
  • AstraZeneca's Enhertu gets broader EU approval for breast cancer (Reuters)
  • Novartis expects improved earnings at generics unit Sandoz (Reuters)
  • Japan's Shionogi starts COVID-19 vaccine trial among children (Reuters)
  • Australia provisionally approves Moderna's COVID shot for children under 5 (Reuters)
  • As COVID patent war rages on, pharma group seeks fairer future access (Reuters)
  • India’s patent office refuses BMS’ application for hepatitis C drug (Pharmabiz)
Pharma & Biotech
  • Contract research organization to transfer 4,000 beagles from facility cited for inhumane care (STAT)
  • Spain's Oryzon shares soar after US Cancer Institute agrees to test new drug (Reuters)
  • Personalized cancer therapy biotech PACT Pharma lets go of nearly 100 staffers (Fierce)
  • EU Rejects Calls To Extend Clinical Trial Regulation Transition Period (Pink Sheet)
  • Delfi Diagnostics scoops up $225M from Lilly, Illumina and more for its cancer blood tests (Fierce)
  • Covid-19 vaccines: shape-shifting virus puts agile manufacturers at an advantage (FT)
  • Sanofi/Sobi’s Next-Gen Factor VIII Therapy BLA Heats Up Biotech-Driven Hemophilia Arms Race (Pink Sheet)
  • Local Generics Win Big In China's Latest National Tender (Scrip)
  • US FDA Requests Input For New Report On Non-Device Software Functions (MedtechInsight)
  • Thumbs Up: FDA Authorizes Weight Loss Suturing Systems From Apollo Endosurgery (MedtechInsight)
  • Very Few Outstanding Items On European Commission’s Shrinking Rolling Plan (MedtechInsight)
  • Diagnostic sector faces a ‘challenging set-up’ amid economic slowdown: analysts (MedtechDive)
  • Roche's Alzheimer's blood test earns breakthrough label from FDA (Fierce)
  • Sci-fi no more: Synchron implants mind-reading device in first U.S. patient in paralysis trial (Fierce)
Government, Regulatory & Legal
  • Federal patent initiatives could cause ‘headwinds’ for drugmakers and their broad filings (STAT)
  • Justices Warned That Biogen's Loss Will End Drug Patents (Law360)
  • Drug Cos., Researchers Back Juno's 'Possession' Petition (Law360)
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