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Regulatory Recon: Gilead to Buy Kite for CAR-T Pipeline in $12B Deal (28 August 2017)

Posted 28 August 2017 | By Michael Mezher 

Regulatory Recon: Gilead to Buy Kite for CAR-T Pipeline in $12B Deal (28 August 2017)

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In Focus: International

  • ​AstraZeneca to make multimillion-pound investment in UK site (The Guardian) (Financial Times)
  • Brazil May Face a New Threat, This Time From Biting Midges (NYTimes)
  • Danger of getting hooked on public cash transfusions (Financial Times)
  • EMA Increased GCP Inspections in 2016 (FDA News-$)
  • Colombian Crack Down On Compulsory Licensing Under Attack (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Why Sanofi's dengue fever vaccine fell short of expectations (MM&M)
  • Aveo takes a big step forward as comeback plan delivers EU OK for tivozanib (Endpoints)

Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

  • Spark Therapeutics' Vision Loss Gene Therapy Gets FDA Panel Review (Pink Sheet-$) (FDA)
  • ESC 2017 – Biotronik builds an impressive Castle (EP Vantage)
  • With Opioid Crisis, a Surge in Hepatitis C (Pew)
  • A Serious Reaction After Vaccination Rarely Occurs Again With Later Immunization (Forbes)
  • Trial And Trial: Bracing For Commercialization Of Cell & Gene Therapies (SCRIP-$)
  • CSL snags a preclinical stem cell therapy in $416M Calimmune buyout, plans to spin out HIV effort (Endpoints)
  • Ecstasy could be 'breakthrough' therapy for soldiers, others suffering from PTSD (Washington Post)
  • Viking leads a $46M raise for a struggling aTyr Pharma (Endpoints)
  • Regenxbio to buy battered Dimension for gene therapies (Fierce)
  • CHO platforms unsustainable for biopharma's future, says Dyadic (BioPharmaReporter)
  • Minecraft-based Pfizer app uses gamification to help kids with hemophilia (MobiHealthNews)
  • Bone, Reproductive and Urologic Drugs Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting (FDA)

Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings and Designations

  • FDA Grants Priority Review for Genentech's Gazyva in Previously Untreated Follicular Lymphoma (Press)
  • Kedrion Biopharma and Kamada Receive FDA Approval of KEDRAB™ for Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Against Rabies Infection (Press)
  • FASLODEX® (fulvestrant) Receives US FDA Approval as Monotherapy for Expanded Use in HR+, HER2- Advanced Breast Cancer (Press)
  • Pradaxa® (dabigatran etexilate) dual therapy showed lower rates of major bleeding versus triple therapy with warfarin in atrial fibrillation patients undergoing stent placement (Press)
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer Present Observational Real-World Data Analysis on the Effectiveness and Safety of Eliquis® (apixaban) Compared to Warfarin in Select High-Risk Patients with Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation (Press)
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer Present Investigational Eliquis® (apixaban) Data for Patients with Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation (NVAF) Undergoing Cardioversion (Press)
  • New, One-Year Data from ORION-1 Phase II Study of Inclisiran Extends Excellent Long-Term Efficacy and Safety Profile, Affirming Dose for Phase III Trials (Press)
  • Biogen Reports New Data from Phase 1b Study of Investigational Alzheimer's Disease Treatment Aducanumab (Press)
  • Second Sight Receives Conditional FDA Approval to Begin First Orion Human Clinical Study (Press)
  • La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company Announces U.S. FDA Acceptance of New Drug Application for LJPC-501 (Press)

Medical Devices

  • FDA Reports on FY2016 Pediatric Device Approvals (Focus)
  • Medtronic readies pivotal trial in renal denervation (MassDevice) (Press)
  • C. R. Bard Receives FDA Premarket Approval of the LUTONIX® 035 Drug Coated Balloon as the First and Only DCB for the Treatment of Patients with Dysfunctional AV Fistulae (Press)
  • Tandem Diabetes wins FDA nod for insulin pump with Dexcom's CGM (Drug Delivery)
  • Abbott wins FDA nod for HeartMate 3 pump (MassDevice)

US: Assorted & Government

  • Trump's Threats on Health Law Hide an Upside: Gains Made by Some Insurers (NYTimes)
  • Foreign Discovery Mostly Denied In Zofran Birth Defect MDL (Law360-$)
  • Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (D. Mass. 2017) (Patent Docs)

Upcoming Meetings & Events


  • EU Gives First Approval for Ultra-High-Field MRI Scanner, The Siemens Magnetom Terra (MedGadget)
  • Lonza expands Swiss drug product site, adds 50 jobs (BioPharmaReporter)


  • Meeting on draft pharma policy called in New Delhi on Aug 30 with stakeholder (PharmaBiz)
  • Maha FDA cancels 58 mfg licenses, suspends 145 licenses for non-compliance (PharmaBiz)
  • Maha FDA to have an NPPA cell to detect ceiling price violation soon (PharmaBiz)
  • Maha FDA detects 393 NSQ drugs based on annual sampling survey in state (PharmaBiz)
  • DCGI asks cos to submit stability data of non-patent & proprietary drugs with application for mfg license (PharmaBiz)
  • Drug store management in hospitals should be done by pharmacists to counter growing medication errors incidents: expert (PharmaBiz)


  • Designation notices (TGA)

General Health & Other Interesting Articles

  • 'Nanotransfection' Turns Animal Skin into Blood Vessels and Brain Cells (MDDI)
  • Science Is Showing How Gut Bacteria Affect The Brain, But Don't Bother Taking Probiotics Yet (Forbes)

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