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Cyclerion’s olinciguat flunks sickle cell test; Nimbus nets $60M; Dyno-Roche’s gene therapy pact; RayzeBio debuts with $ 45M to target tumors

Oct 15, 2020

Cyclerion flunks sickle cell test, prompting pivot to CNS disease Cyclerion Therapeutics has terminated the development of olinciguat in sickle cell disease after getting a...

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J&J ‘s COVID-19 vaccine; Roche, AC Immune’s anti-Tau Alzheimer’s drug; Silverback nets $85 M; Anokion’s deal rides out BMS-Celgene merger; Coronavirus spike protein could inspire vaccine development

Oct 1, 2020

J&J commences COVID-19 vaccine phase 3 Johnson & Johnson has begun a 60,000-subject phase 3 evaluation of its COVID-19 vaccine. The trial will enroll participants i...

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Lilly’s COVID-19 antibody reduces hospitalization rate; Tiny biologic drug to combat COVID-19; Aziyo Biologics files for $57.5 M IPO; BMS exercises option on Obsidian’s CD40L cell therapy

Oct 1, 2020

Lilly links COVID-19 antibody to a reduce hospitalization rate Eli Lilly has linked its anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibody to a lower rate of hospitalization in patients lately diagn...

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Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine trials; OncoImmune raises $56 M; Recursion Pharma nets $239 M; Breast cancer research updates

Oct 1, 2020

Pfizer, BioNTech report shows the immune response in animals to COVID-19  Pfizer and its partner BioNTech have five potential COVID-19 vaccines in clinical trials, eac...

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Nestle to acquire Aimmune Therapeutics; Vir Bio & GSK’s COVID-19 monoclonal antibody therapy; AstraZeneca’s Farxiga scores goal in Phase III CDK trial

Oct 1, 2020

Nestle acquires peanut allergy treatment with USD 2 Billion Aimmune buyout Nestle has announced a definitive agreement to extend its acquisition of Aimmune Therapeutics. Ne...

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FDA rejects BioMarin’s Valoctocogene Roxaparvovec; J&J inks $6.5B deal; Alzheon bags $47M; Research updates on diabetes

Oct 1, 2020

FDA rejects BioMarin’s gene therapy and Gilead’s filgotinib over concerns The FDA refused to approve BioMarin’s hemophilia A gene therapy valoctocogene ro...

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Roche-UCB’s $120M collaboration; Omega snags $85M; ExeVir raises $27M; GSK culls pipeline meds after failures

Oct 1, 2020

Roche bets USD 120 Million on UCB’s anti-tau Alzheimer’s antibody The Swiss pharma, Roche, is handing over USD 120 million upfront for the right of UCB’s ...

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Kiadis inks license deal with Sanofi; Gilead Ends Hep B Collaboration; Merck & Foghorn inks $425M deal; Tregs research updates

Oct 1, 2020

Sanofi licenses NK cells of Kiadis to boost the efficacy  Sanofi has licensed the natural killer (NK) cells from Kiadis Pharma for use in combination with its multiple...

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Regeneron’s cocktail antibody, REGN-COV2; J&J’s manufacturing-spree; ObsEva’s Yselty top-line studies

Oct 1, 2020

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals launches the Phase III trials of REGN-COV2 for treatment and prevention of COVID-19.   Regeneron is running two trials simultaneously, one fo...

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FDA’s No to Intercept’s NASH Drug; Roche’s Phesgo gets approval; Gilead’s Remdesivir pricing

Oct 1, 2020

Intercept Pharmaceuticals receives a clear rejection from the FDA for its NASH drug, Obeticholic acid (OCA) Intercept Pharmaceuticals announced the issuance of a Complete R...

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Regeneron’s I-O Drug; Gene Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease; Yumanity and Merck Inks $500M Deal; Simcha Raises $25M

Oct 1, 2020

Regeneron recognizes new combos to boost I-O drug Libtayo’s cancer response PD-1/L1 inhibitors work by enhancing the immune response to cancer, have benefitted patien...

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Sarepta & Codiak Inks $72.5M Deal; Invitae to Acquires ArcherDX; Merck announces V114’s Phase III result

Oct 1, 2020

Sarepta Therapeutics has announced a research and option alliance with Codiak BioSciences to design and develop engineered exosome therapeutics for neuromuscular diseases T...

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Lassen’s anti-IL-11 antibody; PTC’s COVID-19 trial; Lenzilumab’s result; Orca raises $192M

Oct 7, 2020

Lassen Therapeutics to create anti-IL-11 antibody for cancer and fibrosis Lassen Therapeutics is revealing USD 31 million from Frazier Healthcare Partners, Alta Venture and...

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Merck supports Peloton Therapeutics; Thermo Fisher, WuXi and Mayo Clinic join hands; JNJ’s anti-BCMA CAR-T sweeps multiple myeloma aside; Tafinlar-Mekinist combo of Novartis receives a boost

Oct 1, 2020

Merck supports Peloton Therapeutics with positive kidney cancer data Merck is revealing the data from a phase 2 study of a HIF-2α inhibitor after a year betting USD 1.05 b...

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In the fight against COVID-19 – Lilly with Olumiant, Gilead with remdesivir, Rutgers with testing kit

Oct 1, 2020

Eli Lilly has announced to begin clinical trials of rheumatoid arthritis drug Olumiant to treat COVID-19 patients.  The company plans to explore the anti-inflammatory ...

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