Novartis was unsuccessful developing bimagrumab as a treatment for a rare muscle disorder, but additional tests showed encouraging results in fat reduction. Startup Versanis Bio licensed rights to the antibody and plans to use its Series A financing for clinical trials testing the drug in obese patients.
Judges picked TrialSpark as the winner on the life sciences track of the pitch competition at MedCity’s virtual precision medicine conference. While the company is focused on improving clinical trials for others, it hopes eventually to bring drugs of its own to market.
Scrutiny of drug prices will continue whether Trump or Biden wins. But pharma can take steps to address critics and cut costs before they reach a crisis point, according to a panel of industry experts.