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Regulatory Recon: Celgene to Buy Impact Biomedicines for Up to $7B Ablynx Rejects Novo's $3.1B Bid (8 January 2018)

Posted 08 January 2018 | By Michael Mezher 

Regulatory Recon: Celgene to Buy Impact Biomedicines for Up to $7B Ablynx Rejects Novo's $3.1B Bid (8 January 2018)

Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.

In Focus: US

  • $11 billion biotech binge fuels forecasts of 2018 M&A surge (Reuters) (Boston Globe)
  • Celgene to Buy Impact Biomedicines (WSJ) (STAT) (Endpoints) (Fierce) (Financial Times) (Press)
  • Good morning from JPM (Politico) (STAT)
  • JPM is like a biotech dating game, just ask these questions before hooking up (STAT)
  • Axovant shares blasted as premier drug proves worthless, second drug misses key goal (Endpoints) (STAT) (Reuters) (In the Pipeline)
  • Pfizer closing its neuroscience division and cutting 300 jobs (STAT) (Endpoints) (Reuters)
  • After resisting a push to the auction block, Acorda preps for a sale and shares shoot up — report (Endpoints) (CNBC)
  • Sanofi, Regeneron up the ante on PD-1 I/O program by a billion dollars (Endpoints) (Reuters)
  • Sanofi to market new hemophilia drug in deal with Alnylam (Reuters) (Endpoints)
  • CRISPR hits a snag: Our immune systems may attack the treatment (STAT)
  • Medical-Device Industry Boosts Efforts to Fight Excise Tax (WSJ)
  • Bristol-Myers sees $3 billion tax hit in fourth quarter 2017 (CNBC)
  • Humira's Best-Selling Drug Formula: Start at a High Price. Go Higher. (NYTimes)
  • Shire to separate ADHD drugs before possible spin-off, cuts 2020 target (Reuters)
  • Medical Research? Congress Cheers. Medical Care? Congress Brawls. (NYTimes)

In Focus: International

  • Novo Nordisk's $3.1 billion Ablynx bid rejected by Belgian biotech (Reuters) (Financial Times) (Endpoints) (Fierce) (Press)
  • UK in push to remain part of EU medicines agency after Brexit (Financial Times)
  • Drug Company Consortium To Sequence The Genes Of 500,000 Britons Over Next Two Years (Forbes) (WSJ) (Reuters) (MIT Technology Review)
  • EU Regulatory Reads, 2017: Are We Heading Toward A 2018 Crisis? (MedtechInsight-$)
  • Brexit to swallow £70m meant for developing cancer drugs, says GSK (The Guardian)
  • Track and Trace Systems Need Global Alignment, Regulators Urge (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Industry Underwhelmed By EMA Pediatrics Pharmacovigilance Guide Update Plans (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Teva inks $200M global licensing deal with migraine rival Alder (Endpoints)
  • New medical treatments becoming problematic (The Japan News)
  • German drugmaker Dermapharm plans March IPO (Reuters)
  • Hungary's Richter expects Esmya drug ruling in first half: CEO (Reuters)
  • Eight Chinese pharma firms may be blacklisted by India over quality issues (Economic Times)

Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

  • Happy New Year! Lasso Yourself Some FDA Data with the Agency's New Data Dashboard (FDA Law Blog)
  • Mother Alleges Biotech Firm Stole Data From Her Sick Children (Forbes)
  • Drug charity halts patient aid after U.S. health agency pulls approval (Reuters)
  • Pfizer Establishes New Partnering Model for Early-Stage Academic Research (Press)
  • Vertex's cystic fibrosis treatment makes it a hot company (Financial Times)
  • The PROs and cons of pushing patient centricity (Pharmafile)
  • US FDA Sets Records With Breakthrough Therapy, Priority Review Designations In 2017 (Pink Sheet-$)
  • Inspecting the Inspectors: What it Takes to Remain an MQSA Qualified Inspector (FDA)
  • Rational drug design: How far have we come? (EPR)
  • Adaptimmune Announces Two Manufacturing Achievements on Its way to Become the First Fully Integrated TCR T-cell Therapy Company (Press)
  • Deconstructing an opioid receptor could pave the way to safer painkillers (Fierce)
  • United We Stand Vs. Divide And Conquer: Pharma In The Age Of Trump (Pink Sheet-$)
  • FDA Removes Expired Drug Establishment Registrations and Uncertified Listings from its Database (Press)
  • Similarity margin for psoriasis biosimilars may be 'unacceptably wide' for some clinicians (Dermatology Times)
  • Perrigo hires Gerresheimer ex-boss Rohrhoff as new CEO (Reuters)
  • US FDA may inspect Sun Pharma's Halol site in February: Sources(Economic Times)
  • ADHD drug tied to heart defects in babies (Reuters)
  • Pernix lays off another 41 sales staffers as Treximet generics loom (Fierce)
  • Open science demystified (Novartis)
  • Organic dealmaker for drug discovery (Novartis)
  • Livongo and Lilly Collaborate on Real-World Diabetes Research (Press)
  • Editas Medicine Reports on Recent Progress and Announces "EM22" Five-year Goals at J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference (Press)
  • 2018 Meeting Materials, Bone, Reproductive and Urologic Drugs Advisory Committee (FDA)

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology: Study Results, Filings and Designations

  • Shire's Maribavir wins US breakthrough therapy designation (PMLive)
  • Acacia's PONV drug under US review (PharmaTimes)
  • FDA Accepts New Drug Applications for Merck's Doravirine, the Company's Investigational Non-Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitor (NNRTI), for Treatment of HIV-1 Infection (Press)
  • Novaliq Announces First Patient Enrolled in Its SEECASE Phase 2 Trial of NOV03 for the Treatment of Dry Eye Disease (Press)
  • Acceleron Announces Preliminary Results from Part 1 of the ACE-083 Phase 2 Trial in Patients with Facioscapulohumeral Dystrophy (Press)
  • Aimmune Therapeutics Announces 2018 Outlook, Including Upcoming Data from Pivotal Phase 3 PALISADE Trial of AR101 for Peanut Allergy (Press)
  • Revance Announces Interim Phase 2a Results for RT002 in Treating Plantar Fasciitis (Press)
  • Ra Pharmaceuticals Initiates Dosing in Phase 1b Pharmacokinetic Study Evaluating RA101495 SC in Patients with Renal Impairment (Press)
  • Successful Completion of Pre-clinical Safety Studies With MIV-818, Enabling Start of Phase I Clinical Studies in 2018 (Press)

Medical Devices

  • Delivering growth: M&A in medical technology (McKinsey)
  • Baxter Announces Agreement to Broaden Portfolio of Innovative Surgical Products (Press)
  • Roche and GE enter partnership to develop integrated digital diagnostics platform to improve oncology and critical care treatment (Press)
  • BioCardia files 2nd FDA IDE bid for CardiAMP chronic myocardial ischemia, refractory angina study (Drug Delivery)
  • Planmed Oy wins FDA nod for Clarity 2D digital mammography system (MassDevice)

US: Assorted & Government

  • How Trump's HHS nominee's drug company 'gamed' a patent (Politico)
  • Former CFO of Arthrocare Corporation Sentenced to Prison for Role in $750 Million Securities Fraud Scheme (DoJ)
  • Attorney General Sessions Applauds China for Restricting Two Fentanyl Precursors (DoJ)
  • Koch-backed groups launch 'Right to Try' campaign (The Hill)
  • Deaths of Despair or Drug Problems? (National Bureau of Economic Research)
  • Ensuring an Effective and Motivated Workforce (Alliance for a Stronger FDA)
  • A Baby Girl, Ready to Go Home, Is Still in the Hospital 400 Days Later (Bloomberg)
  • Trump asked 'Why can't Medicare simply cover everybody?' before pushing Obamacare repeal (CNBC)
  • In a Word – Incredible (Drug & Device Law)

Upcoming Meetings & Events


  • Happy New Medical Devices Year! – Halfway Point of MDR Transition (MedicalDevicesLegal)
  • UK Life Sciences firms struggle in post-Brexit war for EU talent (EPR)
  • New European Borderline and Classification Manual Published (Emergo)
  • Previous EU Guidance Wrong On Format Rule For Mutual Recognition Procedures (Pink Sheet-$)
  • 'Involve quality and safety in the discussion about medicines,' says Dutch regulator (PharmaLetter-$)
  • Final assessment report on MammaPrint® - Added value of using the gene expression signature test MammaPrint® for adjuvant chemotherapy decision-making in early breast cancer (EUnetHTA)


  • Announcement: Date of the 23rd AHWP Annual Meeting in 2018 (AHWP)


  • I​​ndia imported APIs worth Rs 18,372.54 crore in 2016-17 (Economic Times)
  • Medical Technology Association bats for tax breaks for R&D centres (Economic Times)
  • Orchid Pharma gets EIR from USFDA for its Chennai facility (Economic Times)


  • Summary Safety Review - AVONEX (interferon beta-1a) - Assessing the Potential Risk of an Inflammatory Disease that Affects One or More Organs (Sarcoidosis) (Health Canada)

Other International

  • Draft thirteenth general programme of work 2019–2023 (WHO)
  • Preliminary evaluation of the WHO global coordination mechanism on the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (WHO)
  • Brazil expects to be declared free of foot-and-mouth with vaccination (Reuters)
  • Zambia declares curfew in Lusaka slum struck by cholera (Reuters)
  • Death toll in South Africa listeria outbreak jumps to 61 (Reuters)

General Health

  • Marking 50 Years Since The First Adult Heart Transplant In The US (NPR)
  • Walks, not pills: Clinic gives hope to patients with chronic pain (NBC)
  • Patient Voices: Fibromyalgia (NYTimes)

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