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Biogen Reports Mixed Results of Vixotrigine (BIIB074) in P-II CONVEY Study for the Treatment of Small Fiber Neuropathy

Shots: The P-II CONVEY withdrawal study evaluates efficacy & safety of vixotrigine (200/350 mg, bid) vs PBO in 265 patients with SFN for 12wks. The study met its 1EPs i.e., 200mg dose showed a reduction in mean ADP & worst daily pain score @12wks. while 350mg dose did not meet its 1EPs of mean change …

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Biogen to Initiate P-IIIb ASCEND Study Evaluating Higher Doses of Spinraza (nusinersen) for the Treatment of Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Shots: The P-IIIb ASCEND study will evaluate the clinical outcomes & safety of the higher doses of nusinersen in 135 patients aged 5-39yrs. with SMA prior treated with Evrysdi at MRD (5mg). Patients will receive 2 loading doses of nusinersen (50mg, 2wks. apart), followed by a maintenance dose of 28mg, q4mos. in study period & …

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Biogen admits slow Aduhelm launch, as scientists question label again

Shares in Biogen have come under pressure after chief executive Michel Vounatsos admitted that the company is facing a much slower than anticipated rollout of its controversial Alzheimer’s disease therapy Aduhelm. Speaking at a Morgan Stanley conference yesterday, Vounatsos said Biogen may have to revisit its sales forecasts for Aduhelm (aducanumab), which were already “very …

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Health insurer Excellus will not fund Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm

Health insurer Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has said it will not cover treatment with Biogen and Eisai’s new Alzheimer’s disease drug Aduhelm because it has not been shown to be medically effective. The company – said to be the largest health insurer in New York – said in a statement that Aduhelm (aducanumab) remains an investigational …

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Top 20 Immunology Companies Based on 2020 Immunology Segment Revenue

Immunology deals with physiological functioning of the immune system in states of both health and disease as well as malfunctions of the immune system in immunological disorders With the new advancement in immune sector, global pharmaceuticals continue to grow in the field despite the disruption during the COVID-19. As in 2019, Abbvie again secured the …

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Lilly sets out its stall on donanemab as filing approaches

The FDA’s approval of Biogen’s Aduhelm for Alzheimer’s disease emboldened Eli Lilly to move forward plans to file its own candidate donanemab later this year, although it has acknowledged it will have to overcome reservations about anti-amyloid drugs. Lilly’s chief scientific officer Dan Skovronsky said on the company’s second-quarter results call that the results of …

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Biogen and Eisai unveil details for five-year, real-world Aduhelm clinical trial

Patients taking new Alzheimer’s disease drug Aduhelm will be evaluated in a real-world study lasting up to five years. Biogen announced plans for the observational study, which is one of three post-marketing clinical programs planned to generate more data about the drug

Biogen adds real-world test for Aduhelm to its confirmatory trial

Biogen and partner Eisai have said they will run a large-scale observational study of Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm in the US to build evidence for the drug’s efficacy following its controversial approval. The ICARE AD-US study will provide information on the long-term effectiveness and safety of Aduhelm (aducanumab) as prescribed in routine clinical practice within the …

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Angelman syndrome Pipeline: Unmet needs call for a robust pipeline

The necessity of a robust Angelman syndrome pipeline is indispensable at the current moment because of a shortage of any approved therapy option available in the market. The Angelman Syndrome current treatment landscape consists of symptomatic therapy options worth USD 330.2 million in 2017.  Treatment entirely focuses on the management of symptoms and supporting the …

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Biogen bites back at critics of Aduhelm after drug’s slow start

Biogen has reported $2m in sales for newly-launched Alzheimer’s therapy Aduhelm that came in below its expectations, prompting the company to issue a rebuke to what it says is “extensive misinformation and misunderstanding” about the drug. In an open letter, R&D chief Al Sandrock tackled a number of the criticisms levelled at the FDA’s decision …

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PharmaShots Weekly Snapshots (July 12 – 16, 2021)

Eli Lilly Signs an Agreement with Banner Alzheimer’s Institute to Evaluate Donanemab in P-III TRAILBLAZER-ALZ 3 Trial for Alzheimer’s Disease Published: July 16, 2021 | Tags: Eli Lilly, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, Donanemab, P-III, TRAILBLAZER-ALZ 3 Trial, Alzheimer Disease AcelRx Signs a License Agreement with Aguettant to Commercialize Dzuveo in EU and for Two Pre-Filled Syringe …

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Insights+: The US FDA New Drug Approvals in June 2021

The US FDA has approved 6 NDAs and 2 BLAs in 2021, leading to treatments for patients and advances in the health care industry The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) and Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) have approved 37 novel products in 2021 Additionally, last year in 2020, the US FDA …

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FDA staffers defend Aduhelm approval in JAMA editorial

Three FDA figures at the centre of the fallout over the approval Biogen and Eisai’s Alzheimer’s disease therapy Aduhelm have defended their actions, arguing that to do otherwise would have left millions of patients in limbo for years. The trio say that the decision to approve Aduhelm (aducanumab) was extremely challenging as “evidence was strongly …

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Biogen reaches across globe and pays $125M to land its next new MS drug

By paying $125 million up front for rights to multiple sclerosis drug candidate orelabrutinib, Biogen secures a place among those companies trying to treat the disease by targeting a particular enzyme highly expressed in the central nervous system. But Biogen still has some catching up to do.

Biogen builds MS pipeline via $125m deal with China’s InnoCare

Biogen has moved to shore up its besieged multiple sclerosis franchise by licensing a BTK inhibitor from Chinese biotech InnoCare currently in mid-stage clinical testing. InnoCare gets $125 million upfront in return for sharing rights to orelabrutinib, an orally-active BTK drug that is able to cross the blood-brain barrier and penetrate the central nervous system. …

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US starts review of Aduhelm coverage amid fears of Medicare hit

The US government has started a review of how Biogen and Eisai’s pricey new Alzheimer’s disease therapy Aduhelm will be covered by Medicare, to see if a national strategy needs to be adopted. At the moment, the coverage for $56,000-a-year Aduhelm (aducanumab) is currently determined at the local level by Medicare administrative contractors representing 12 …

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Biogen Signs a License Agreement with Innocare for Orelabrutinib to Treat Multiple Sclerosis

Shots: InnoCare to receive $125M as up front & is eligible to receive ~ $812.5M as development & commercial milestones, following the achievement of definite milestones along with royalties on sales of any product resulting from the collaboration Biogen to get exclusive rights for orelabrutinib to treat MS globally & other autoimmune diseases outside of …

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Aduhelm approval controversy dials up as FDA seeks probe

In another twist to the Aduhelm approval tale, FDA’s Janet Woodcock has called for an independent investigation into the relationship between agency staffers and Biogen executives. The acting FDA commissioner has sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) inspector general Christi Grimm on Friday, asking for a review of the …

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FDA whittles back Aduhelm approval amid concern over broad label

One of the criticisms levelled at the FDA over its approval of Biogen and Eisai’s Alzheimer’s disease drug Aduhelm was its decision to clear use of the drug in a broader group of patients than was included in clinical trials. Now, it has backtracked on that decision. The updated label for Aduhelm (aducanumab) says it …

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ICER revises its view of Aduhelm’s price – but not by much

The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) was very damning of Biogen’s new Alzheimer’s disease therapy Aduhelm when it issued its first report on the drug last month, and a swift update to its deliberations won’t be much comfort to the company. The cost-effectiveness watchdog has revised its calculation of a fair price range …

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ICER revises its view of Aduhelm’s price – but not by much

The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) was very damning of Biogen’s new Alzheimer’s disease therapy Aduhelm when it issued its first report on the drug last month, and a swift update to its deliberations won’t be much comfort to the company. The cost-effectiveness watchdog has revised its calculation of a fair price range …

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Insights+ Key Biosimilars Events of June 2021

Biosimilars are developed to be highly similar versions of approved biologics in terms of safety, purity, and potency Biosimilars are expected to be a cost-effective alternative to the high-priced branded biologics, offering significant and much-needed cost savings to both payers and the patients During the month of Jun, Celltrion launched Remsima SC (biosimilar, infliximab) for …

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PharmaShots Weekly Snapshots (June 14 – 18, 2021)

Lineage Signs an Exclusive Option Agreement with Amasa Therapeutics to Supply and Use of Clinical-Grade Hystem Published: June 18, 2021 | Tags: Lineage, Option Agreement, Amasa Therapeutics, Clinical-Grade Hystem BioNTech Reports First Patient Dosing in P-II Clinical Trial of BNT111 to Treat Advanced Melanoma Published: June 18, 2021 | Tags: BioNTech, P-II, Clinical Trial, BNT111, …

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Biogen Reports First Patient Dosing in P-III TOPAZ-1 Study of BIIB059 to Treat Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Shots: The first patient has been dosed in the P-III TOPAZ-1 study evaluating efficacy & safety of BIIB059 vs PBO in 540 adults with active SLE for 52 wks. The trial is expected to conduct at ~135 sites globally The 1EPs of study are to demonstrate a reduction in disease activity, proportion of patients achieve …

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Biogen’s Gosuranemab (BIIB092) Fails to Meet its Primary Endpoint in P-II TANGO Study for Alzheimer Disease

Shots: The P-II TANGO study evaluating the safety & efficacy of gosuranemab vs PBO in 654 patients aged 50–80 yrs with MCI due to AD or with mild AD for 78 wks across 97 sites, followed by a dose-blind long term extension period The trial did not meet its 1EPs i.e change from baseline on …

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Biogen abandons tau antibody for Alzheimer’s after phase 2 miss

Biogen has four other Alzheimer’s candidates in its clinical pipeline behind recently-approved Aduhelm, but one of them – anti-tau antibody gosuranemab – has just been canned. The decision comes on the back of the phase 2 TANGO study of gosuranemab (also known as BIIB092), which showed that the antibody was unable to show a benefit …

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Consumer group seeks resignation of top FDA staffers over Aduhelm okay

With the first patient set to receive Biogen’s new Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm in Rhode Island today, US consumer advocacy organisation Public Citizen is deeply unhappy about the FDA’s approval of the drug – and it wants the scalps of those responsible. In a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, the director …

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Sage/Biogen’s zuranolone works in depression, but maybe not enough

Sage Therapeutics and Biogen’s antidepressant candidate zuranolone has hit its objectives in a phase 3 trial, but a falloff in efficacy over time has raised concerns about the commercial potential of the drug. The WATERFALL trial of zuranolone showed that a two-week course of the oral GABAA receptor modulator significantly reduced symptoms of depression compared …

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Sage and Biogen Report Results of Zuranolone in P-III WATERFALL Study for Major Depressive Disorder

Shots: The P-III WATERFALL study involves assessing the efficacy and safety of zuranolone (50mg, once-nightly for 2wks.) in 543 adults aged 18-64yrs. with MDD with a HAMD-17 total score ≥24 at screening and day 1 prior to dosing The study met its 1EPs demonstrating improvement in depressive symptoms @day15 as assessed by the HAMD-17 total …

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Biogen’s ambitions in gene therapy hit by another failed pivotal trial

When Biogen acquired Nightstar Therapeutics in 2019, it added a pair inherited retinal disorder (IRD) gene therapies that it hoped would accelerate a push into the fast-evolving category.  Just over two years later, both of those candidates have failed late-stage clinical trials, leaving Biogen’s $800 million investment in Nightstar looking like a poor deal. The …

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Biogen’s BIIB111 Fails to Meet its Primary Endpoint in P-III STAR Study for Choroideremia

Shots: The P-III STAR study involves assessing the safety and efficacy of a single subretinal injection of timrepigene emparvovec (BIIB111/AAV2-REP1) in 169 adult males with a genetically confirmed diagnosis of choroideremia The study did not meet its 1EPs i.e. improvement of at least 15 letters from baseline in BCVA @12mos. post-treatment as measured by the …

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PharmaShots Weekly Snapshots (June 07 – 11, 2021)

Vertex and CRISPR Therapeutics Present New Data of CTX001 from 22 Patients with TDT and SCD at EMA 2021 Published: June 11, 2021 | Tags: Vertex, CRISPR Therapeutics, CTX001, TDT, SCD, EMA 2021 AbbVie Reports Results of Four-Year Follow-Up Analysis in P-III CLL14 Trial for Venclyxto/Venclexta to Treat Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Published: June 11, 2021 …

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And then there were three: another FDA adcomm member quits over Aduhelm

The fallout over the FDA’s decision to approved Biogen’s Alzheimer’s therapy Aduhelm continues to be felt, with a third member of its advisory committee resigning in protest.  The latest to depart the FDA’s Peripheral and Central Nervous System Drugs panel is Aaron Kesselheim of Harvard Medical School, joining fellow committee members Joel Perlmutter and David …

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Double resignation over Aduhelm approval depletes FDA’s CNS adcomm

Two members of an FDA advisory committee have now resigned in protest over Monday’s approval of Biogen’s Alzheimer’s disease drug Aduhelm despite an overwhelming vote against doing so. Washington University neurologist Joel Perlmutter was the first to announce he was stepping down from the Peripheral and Central Nervous System Drugs Advisory Committee on the day …

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Aduhelm approval could signal new era for CNS drugs; analysts

The unexpected approval and lofty pricing of Biogen’s Alzheimer’s therapy Aduhelm is clearly the biopharma event of the year so far, but what are the broader implications for the industry as a whole? Analysts at RBC Capital Markets say that the decision points to an unprecedented shift in position for the FDA when it comes …

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FDA slammed over Aduhelm OK as Biogen takes heat for $56k price tag

The FDA “has failed in its responsibility to protect patients and families from unproven treatments with known harms” in approving Biogen’s Alzheimer’s disease drug Aduhelm. That was the damning conclusion of the influential Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) in the US to yesterday’s approval of Aduhelm (aducanumab), the first new treatment for Alzheimer’s …

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Biogen and Eisai’s Aduhelm (aducanumab-avwa) Receive the US FDA’s Accelerated Approval for Alzheimer Disease

Shots: The approval is based on the two P-III clinical trials i.e EMERGE and ENGAGE along with P-Ib PRIME study involves assessing the efficacy of Aduhelm vs PBO in patients with early stages of AD with confirmed presence of amyloid pathology Results: the therapy consistently showed a dose and time-dependent effect on the reduction of …

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Jubilation for Biogen, Eisai as FDA says ‘yes’ to aducanumab

Biogen and Eisai have defied the naysayers and secured an historic FDA approval for their amyloid-targeting antibody aducanumab as the first-ever disease-modifying treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. The accelerated approval from the US regulator has been given even though its own advisory committee comprehensively voted down the main study filed in support of the drug last …

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PharmaShots Weekly Snapshots (May 31 – June 4, 2021)

Tonix Pharmaceuticals Presents Results of TNX-102 SL in P-III RELIEF study for the Management of Fibromyalgia at ASCP 2021 Published: June 4, 2021 | Tags: Tonix Pharmaceuticals, TNX-102 SL, P-III, RELIEF Study, Fibromyalgia, ASCP 2021 Dermavant Submits NDA to the US FDA for Tapinarof Cream to Treat Plaque Psoriasis Published: June 4, 2021 | Tags: …

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Biogen teams up with Ginkgo Bioworks in gene therapy manufacturing pact

Biogen is reaching across the Charles River, striking up a gene therapy manufacturing alliance with synthetic biology firm Ginkgo Bioworks. Ginkgo will use its technology to accelerate and make more efficient the process of manufacturing the AAV viral vectors used in gene therapies.

PharmaShots Weekly Snapshots (May 17 – 21, 2021)

BeiGene Reports Results of Tislelizumab + CT in P-III RATIONALE 309 Study as 1L Treatment for Recurrent or Metastatic Nasopharyngeal Cancer Published: May 21, 2021 | Tags: BeiGene, Tislelizumab, CT, P-III, RATIONALE 309 Study, Recurrent, Metastatic Nasopharyngeal Cancer Aurinia to Present Results of Lupkynis (voclosporin) in AURORA 2 Continuation Study for Lupus Nephritis at EULAR …

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Biogen’s eye disease gene therapy fails ahead of FDA Alzheimer’s ruling

Biogen has downbeat news about its gene therapy for the rare inherited eye disease, X-linked retinitis pigmentosa, announcing the shot failed to meet its target in a phase 2/3 study. A final FDA decision on Biogen’s controversial Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab is due before the beginning of next month and the company needs some positive pipeline …

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Biogen’s BIIB112 (cotoretigene toliparvovec) Fails to Meet its Primary Endpoint in P-II/III XIRIUS Study for XLRP

Shots: The P-II/III XIRIUS study involves assessing subretinal injection of cotoretigene toliparvovec in males with a genetically confirmed diagnosis of XLRP. Part 1 of the study was a 24mos. dose-escalation study while part II was a 12mos. dose expansion study with a high & low dose selected from part I based on a benefit/risk assessment …

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PharmaShots Weekly Snapshots (May 10 – 14, 2021)

AzurRx BioPharma Reports Positive Interim P-II Data of MS1819 + PERT for Cystic Fibrosis Patients with Severe Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency Published: May 14, 2021 | Tags: AzurRx BioPharma, P-II, MS1819, PERT, Cystic Fibrosis, Severe, Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency Goldfinch Bio Initiates P-I Clinical Trial of GFB-024 for the Treatment of Severe Insulin Resistant Diabetic Nephropathy Published: …

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Biogen taps Envisagenics’ AI to speed up RNA splicing R&D

Biogen has made a further push into RNA-based drug discovery via a collaboration with Envisagenics, which applies artificial intelligence RNA sequencing data to discover new drug targets and therapeutics. Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Envisagenics focuses on using AI to analyse errors in RNA splicing, a process in which a precursor form of messenger RNA (mRNA) – which …

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Biogen and Envisagenics Enter into a Collaboration for the Advancement of RNA Splicing Research to Treat Central Nervous System Diseases

Shots: Biogen will utilize Envisagenics’ SpliceCore, an AI- driven RNA splicing platform to understand the regulation of different RNA isoforms in CNS cell types and will be able to access SpliceCore’s database of ~7M RNA splicing errors providing a broader perspective to evaluate splicing events The collaboration will identify and validate disease genetic targets to …

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Biogen bolsters ischaemic stroke pipeline with thrombolytic from TMS

Biogen has licensed a new drug from Japanese biotech TMS that it hopes could provide a big advance on an old treatment approach – using clot-busting thrombolytic drugs to treat ischaemic stroke.  The US company has exercised an option to acquire TMS-007, which it described as a next-generation thrombolytic that could offer safety and efficacy …

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Biogen Exercises its Option to Acquire TMS-007 for Acute Ischemic Stroke

Shots: Biogen’s decision of acquisition of TMS-007 based on the safety, imaging, and clinical outcome data from the P-IIa study which showed positive impacts on both blood vessel reopening in the brain, as well as patient functional recovery with no incidence of sICH TMS to receive $18M upon acquisition of TMS-007 and is eligible to …

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Biogen adds to neuro drug pipeline with acquisition of stroke drug from TMS

Biogen paid $18 million to acquire a drug that TMS Co. of Japan tested in patients with acute ischemic stroke. The acquisition follows the report of preliminary mid-stage data showing the drug led to no cases of a potentially fatal complication associated with currently available stroke therapies.

Biogen Collaborates with Capsigen to Discover Novel AAV Capsids for Targeted CNS and Neuromuscular Disorders

Shots: Capsigen to receive $15M up front and is eligible to receive up to ~$42M as research milestones and ~$1.25B as additional payments upon the achievement of development and sales milestones along with royalties on net sales of products resulting from the collaboration Biogen to get an exclusive license under Capsigen’s technology for CNS and …

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PharmaShots Weekly Snapshots (Apr 19 – 23, 2021)

BMS’ Opdivo + Yervoy and Onureg Receive EC’s CHMP Positive Opinion for MPM and AML Published: Apr 23, 2021 | Tags: BMS, Opdivo, Yervoy, Onureg, Receive, EC, CHMP, Positive Opinion, MPM, AML Gilead Reports NDA Submission of Filgotinib to PMDA for Ulcerative Colitis in Japan Published: Apr 23, 2021 | Tags: Gilead, Reports, NDA, Submission, …

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PharmaShots’ Key Highlights of First Quarter 2021

The first quarter of 2021 highlights new approvals, M&A, and the clinical data of COVID-19 vaccines. The companies expand their working in COVID-19 by targeting South African & Brazil variants along with other emerging variants Starting with the latest acquisition, Amgen acquired Five Prime for $1.9B, Jazz acquired JW while Boston acquired Preventice. This quarter …

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ViewPoints Interview: Biogen’s Monica Mann Shares Insight on Plegridy to Treat Multiple Sclerosis

In an interview with PharmaShots, Monica Mann, Head of Global Medical, Multiple Sclerosis at Biogen shares her views on the Plegridy and how it works on MS patients. She also shed light on the approval of the therapy in the US and EU. Shots: The approval of Plegridy (IM) by the EC and the US …

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Biogen and Eisai Report Results of Lecanemab (BAN2401) in P-IIb Study 201 for Patients with Early Alzheimer Disease

Shots: The P-IIb POC Study 201 involves assessing lecanemab in patients with early AD Results: @18mos, prespecified analysis showed a consistent reduction of clinical decline across several clinical and biomarker EPs at highest doses and reduction in brain Aβ & clinical decline. The results are published in a peer-reviewed journal In March, the companies have …

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PharmaShots Weekly Snapshots (Apr 05 – 09, 2021)

Evotec and Exscientia Initiate Human Clinical Trials of their Novel Immuno-Oncology Drug Published: Apr 9, 2021 | Tags: Evotec and Exscientia, Initiate, Human Clinical Trials, Novel, Immuno-Oncology Drug PlantForm Signs Research and Development Agreement with Bio-Manguinhos/Fiocruz to Develop Biosimilar Pembrolizumab Published: Apr 9, 2021 | Tags: PlantForm, Signs, Research, Development Agreement, Bio-Manguinhos/Fiocruz, Develop, Biosimilar Pembrolizumab …

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Biogen Signs a License and Commercialization Agreement with Bio-Thera for BAT1806 (biosimilar, tocilizumab) to Treat Moderate to Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis

Shots: Bio-Thera to receive $30M up front following the achievement of P-III satisfactory results and is eligible for commercial milestones along with royalties. The transaction is expected to close in Q2’21 Biogen to get exclusive regulatory, manufacturing, and commercial rights of BAT1806 in all countries excluding China (includes Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan) Biogen will …

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Biogen’s Tysabri (natalizumab, SC) Receives EC’s Marketing Authorization to Treat Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis

Shots: The EC’s approval is based on data from DELIVER and REFINE studies evaluating the efficacy, PK, and PD of Tysabri (300mg, SC, q4w) vs Tysabri (300mg, IV, q4w) in patients with RRMS The results demonstrated that the Tysabri (SC) in both studies showed clinical benefits and well-characterized safety profile. The SC option expands the …

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FDA grew too close to Biogen during Alzheimer’s drug development, doctors say

The FDA got too close to Biogen during the development of the Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab, according to its own expert advisers who are urging the regulator to reject it in the coming weeks. With the deadline for a regulatory decision approaching for aducanumab in June, three doctors who took part in the expert advisory board …

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ViewPoints Interview: Biogen’s Wildon R. Farwell Shares Insight on Phase 4 RESPOND Study of Spinraza

In an interview with PharmaShots, Wildon R. Farwell, M.D., MPH, Global Medical Head of Neuromuscular Diseases at Biogen shared his views on the P-IV RESPOND study that assesses the benefits of Spinraza in patients treated with Zolgensma. Shots: RESPOND is a two-year, open-label study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Spinraza (nusinersen) in infants …

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Pharma’s pipeline continues to provide drama as investors look beyond COVID in Q4

While the pandemic has been the focus of R&D attention for much of 2020, that is slowly beginning to shift towards other projects in the big pharma pipeline. pharmaphorum’s news editor, Richard Staines, discusses the success stories and failures in R&D that have emerged during the Q4 results period.  Quarterly results announcements are a good …

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Insights+: Key Deals of JP Morgan Healthcare Conference 2021

This year J.P. Morgan 39th Annual Healthcare Conference was conducted virtually and we witnessed multiple announcements from numerous Biopharma companies An analysis of events and catalysts that were announced at the conference during these days are included in the report. Most of the deals occurred in the first two days of the conference Our PharmaShots …

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Top 20 Life Sciences Deals of 2020 by Total Deal Value

Life sciences companies are gearing up to enter new markets as they look to secure their positions after a spate of M&A, licensing, and research partnerships in 2020 Artios partnered with Merck with an option to license up to 8 oncology programs proving to be the highest valued deal of 2020 with a total deal …

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PharmaShots Weekly Snapshots (Jan 11 – 15, 2021)

Novartis’ Ligelizumab (QGE031) Receives the US FDA’s Breakthrough Designation for Patients with Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria Published: Jan 15, 2020 | Tags: Novartis’, Ligelizumab (QGE031), Receives ,US FDA’s, Breakthrough Designation for Patients , Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria Philips Collaborates with Merck KGaA to Advance Personalized Fertility Treatment Published: Jan 15, 2020 | Tags: Philips, Collaborates, Merck KGaA, …

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Could Lilly’s donanemab readout in Alzheimer’s boost Biogen’s prospects?

When Eli Lilly reported results for donanemab in Alzheimer’s disease earlier this week it was hailed as a rare win for the amyloid hypothesis, although there’s no shortage of candidates that have failed despite positive mid-stage trial results. Some analysts have intimated that given the small size of the study at just over 270 patients, …

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Amgen’s Enbrel heads ICER list of unjustified US price rises

US cost effectiveness watchdog ICER found 10 examples of substantial price rises for top-selling medicines in 2019, and concluded that seven of those were not backed by any clinical evidence. The cost to the American taxpayer from those increases? Around $1.2 billion for the seven drugs alone, says the organisation, which also found that for …

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RNAi biotech Atalanta debuts with $110m plus Biogen and Roche CNS tie-ups

US biotech Atalanta Therapeutics has come out of stealth mode backed with $110m from Biogen and Roche, who have also signed separate partnerships to develop new therapies for neurological diseases using RNA interference (RNAi) technology. While there are RNAi products on the marketplace, with Alnylam becoming the first company to get a product approved in …

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Biogen and Apple Collaborate to Launch Virtual Study on Cognitive Decline

Shots: Biogen and Apple collaborated to evaluate the role of Apple Watch and iPhone in monitoring cognitive performance and screening for the decline in cognitive health including mild cognitive impairment (MCI) The study will initiate in late 2021 and will enroll participants including young and aging adults with a range of cognitive performance The study …

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PharmaShots Weekly Snapshot (Jan 4-8, 2020)

Almirall and Tyris Collaborate to Develop Next Generation Gene Therapies Published: Jan 7, 2020 | Tags: Almirall, Tyris, Collaborate, Develop, Next Generation, Gene Therapies Sarepta Reports Mixed Results of SRP-9001 (rAAVrh74.MHCK7.micro-dystrophin) in Part 1 of Study 102 for DMD    Published: Jan 7, 2020 | Tags: Sarepta, Reports, Mixed Results, SRP-9001, (rAAVrh74.MHCK7.micro-dystrophin), Part 1, Study 102, …

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Biogen Signs a License Agreement with ViGeneron for Ophthalmic Gene Therapy Development

Shots: ViGeneron to receive an up front and R&D funding for the mutually agreed workplan and will receive development, regulatory and commercial milestone payments along with royalties on sales of products arising from the collaborations ViGeneron will optimize and validate in vitro therapeutic candidates for undisclosed target to treat inherited eye disease while Biogen has …

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PharmaShots Weekly Snapshots (Dec 21-23, 2020)

Roche’s Phesgo (Perjeta + Herceptin) Receives EC’s Approval for the Treatment of HER2-Positive Breast Cancer Published: Dec 23, 2020 | Tags: (Perjeta + Herceptin), EC’s Approval, HER2-positive Breast Cancer, Phesgo, receives, Roche, Treatment AMO Pharma Initiates P-II REACH-CDM study of AMO-02 (tideglusib) to treat Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy Published: Dec 22, 2020 | Tags: AMO Pharma, …

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Biogen’s Plegridy (peginterferon beta-1a, IM) Receives EC’s Approval for Relapsing-Remitting MS

Shots: The approval is based on data assessing bioequivalence and AEs associated with IM administration vs SC administration of Plegridy in healthy volunteers Result: The data showed that participants receiving therapy through IM experienced fewer injection site reactions (14.4 vs 32.1 %), safety profiles were similar. The frequency of injection site reactions and AEs were …

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PharmaShots Weekly Snapshots (Dec 7-11, 2020)

Roche Launches Elecsys SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Test to Support High-Volume COVID-19 Testing Published: Dec 11, 2020 | Tags: Antigen, COVID-19, High, Laboratory, Launch, patients, Roche, SARS-CoV-2, Support, Suspected, Test, Testing, Volume Chugai In-Licenses Roche’s Antibody Cocktail for COVID-19 in Japan Published: Dec 10, 2020 | Tags: Casirivimab, Chugai, Commercialization, COVID-19, Development, Imdevimab, In-License Agreement, Japan, Roche, …

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Biogen Reports NDA Submission of Aducanumab (BIIB037) to the MHLW for Alzheimer’s Disease

Shots: The submission is based on P-lll EMERGE and ENGAGE study assessing aducanumab vs PBO in patients with AD. The studies evaluate the efficacy of monthly doses of aducanumab in reducing cognitive and functional impairment The secondary objectives of the study were to assess the effect of monthly doses of aducanumab on the clinical decline …

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Insights+ Key Biosimilars Events of November 2020

Biosimilars are developed to be highly similar versions of approved biologics in terms of safety, purity, and potency. Biosimilars are expected to be a cost-effective alternative to the high-priced branded biologics, offering significant and much-needed cost savings to both payers and the patients. Hence, the providers are more likely to adopt biosimilars as a “reference …

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Eisai forges CNS alliance with UK’s Wren Therapeutics

Japanese drugmaker Eisai has teamed up with UK biotech Wren Therapeutics on an R&D programme seeking drugs for neurodegenerative disorders. The two companies will focus their efforts on alpha-synuclein, a pathway that has been implicated in disorders such as dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and Parkinson’s disease (PD). DLB and PD are both so-called synucleinopathies, …

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Biogen bulks up pipeline with Sage drugs in $3bn deal

With the prospects for its Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab still up in the air, Biogen has moved to shore up its late-stage pipeline with a $3 billion licensing deal with Sage that adds drugs for depression and neurological disorders. The licensing agreement gives Biogen rights to Sage’s zuranolone (SAGE-217) for psychiatric disorders including depression, and SAGE-324 …

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FDA begins review of Samsung Bioepis/Biogen’s Lucentis biosimilar

Novartis/Genentech’s eye drug Lucentis could be the next big blockbuster to face competition from cheaper biosimilars after its US patent expired this year – and Samsung Bioepis and Biogen are closing in after the FDA accepted a filing for their cut-price rival. Lucentis (ranibizumab) was first FDA approved in 2006 for wet age-related macular degeneration …

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Samsung Bioepis and Biogen Announces FDA Filing Acceptance of Lucentis’ Biosimilar, SB11 for Retinal Vascular Disorders

Shots: EMA accepted the review of MAA for SB11 in Oct 2020. If approved, SB11 will add to the biosimilars portfolio developed by Samsung Bioepis and commercialized by Biogen, including three widely prescribed anti-TNF biosimilars in EU: BENEPALI, IMRALDI, and FLIXABI In Nov 2019, Samsung Bioepis entered into a new commercialization agreement with Biogen for …

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PharmaShots Weekly Snapshots (Nov 09-13, 2020)

Qiagen Launches Portable Digital SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Test in the US Published: Nov 13,2020 | Tags: Antigen Test, Digital, Launches, Portable, Qiagen, SARS-CoV-2, US GSK and Medicago Initiate P-II/III Study of its Plant-Derived COVID-19 Vaccine Published: Nov 13,2020 | Tags: COVID-19, GSK, Initiate, Medicago, P-II/III, Plant- Derived study, vaccine BD Acquires the Medical Business Assets of …

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Bridging the gap between pharma and the NHS in MS

Janette Curlis is a Multiple Sclerosis Nurse Advisor (MSNA) at Biogen, helping to support the company’s Multiple Sclerosis (MS) field teams and developing patient and Healthcare Professional (HCP) materials. We spoke to her about being a bridge between pharma and the NHS and the challenges that are facing Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (MSNs) and patients today. …

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FDA panel unimpressed with data for Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab

The FDA may have been minded to approve Biogen and Eisai’s Alzheimer’s candidate aducanumab, but its clinical advisors have little doubt that the evidence for the drug is lacking. The much-anticipated advisory committee meeting held on Friday to discuss the marketing application for aducanumab proved to be a fractious affair, with both the companies’ data …

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The US FDA’s Advisory Panel Slams Biogen’s Aducanumab for Alzheimer’s Disease

Shots: The advisory committee voted 1-8, with 2 members voting uncertain that EMERGE study (without regard for ENGAGE study) provides strong evidence, supporting the effectiveness of aducanumab as a treatment for AD. The committee also voted 0-7 with 4 members voting uncertain that PRIME study provides supporting evidence for aducanumab The committee voted 5-0 and …

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Insights+ Key Biosimilars Events of October 2020

Biosimilars are developed to be highly similar versions of approved biologics in terms of safety, purity, and potency. Biosimilars are expected to be a cost-effective alternative to the high-priced branded biologics, offering significant and much-needed cost savings to both payers and the patients. Hence, the providers are more likely to adopt biosimilars as a “reference …

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China’s Green Valley prepares US trial of Alzheimer’s drug inspired by algae

As an influential panel of FDA-appointed experts prepares its verdict on Biogen’s Alzheimer’s drug, a little known China-based pharma is hoping to succeed where big name rivals have failed and develop a drug that is effective against the disease. For almost two decades there has been no progress with new therapies for Alzheimers – the …

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Trials and tribulations in Biogen’s Alzheimer’s drug reviews

Regulatory reviews of Biogen’s Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab are now ongoing on both sides of the Atlantic, but debate is still ongoing about whether the data behind the drug is strong enough to support approval. The EMA has just kicked off its review of the anti-amyloid therapy, following in the footsteps of the FDA in the …

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Top 20 Immunology Companies Based 2019 Immunology Segment Revenue

Immunology is an important branch of science which deals with the study of the immune system. The immune system is a highly regulated and balanced system and when the balance is disturbed, the disease can result. A lot of this work has importance in the development of new therapies and treatments that can handle or …

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Biogen teams up with gene-editing startup Scribe on ALS programme

Scribe Therapeutics, a start-up focusing on gene-editing using CRISPR/Cas9, has burst onto the biotech scene with a $415 million deal with Biogen. Jennifer Doudna Scribe – which counts new Nobel Prize for chemistry winner Jennifer Doudna among its founders – is getting $15 million upfront from Biogen for an alliance focusing on the development of …

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Samsung Bioepis and Biogen Announce EMA Filling Acceptance of SB11 (biosimilar, Lucentis)

Shots: EMA has accepted to review the Marketing Authorisation Application for SB11, a proposed biosimilar referencing Lucentis (ranibizumab). If approved, SB11 will join a growing number of biosimilars developed by Samsung Bioepis and commercialized by Biogen In Nov 2019, Samsung Bioepis announced that it entered into a new commercialization agreement with Biogen for two ophthalmology …

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Study uses genomic data to trace Covid-19 ‘superspreader’ event linked to February Biogen exec meeting

The study, by researchers at Harvard, MIT, The Broad and other institutions, used genomic analysis of cases linked to the Biogen meeting, linking much of the community transmission in the Boston area to a European genetic variant of SARS-CoV-2 that first appeared at the meeting.

Roche takes on pricey rivals as FDA approves SMA drug

Roche is hoping to undercut hugely expensive rivals after the FDA approved its oral spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) drug Evrysdi (risdiplam). Evrysdi is the third treatment approved for SMA, an ultra-rare muscle wasting disease that can begin in early childhood, after Biogen’s Spinraza (nusinersen) and Novartis’ Zolgensma (onasemnogene abeparvovec). But Spinraza costs $750,000 in the …

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Biogen’s shares surge again as FDA hurries Alzheimer’s drug review

Biogen’s Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab could be on the market in the next few months after the FDA accepted a clinical trial dossier and granted a fast Priority Review. The FDA reserves these quick reviews for drugs that have the potential to improve care standards for serious diseases. There have been no new drugs approved for …

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Biogen to get speedy FDA review for Alzheimer’s drug despite not using voucher to request it

Biogen and Eisai said the FDA had accepted and given priority review to their application for aducanumab. The drug will undergo an advisory committee meeting at an undisclosed date. Biogen’s stock rose 10%, but analysts had mixed opinions.

Biogen signs $2.1 billion Parkinson’s disease deal with Denali

Biogen has bought a licence to co-develop and co-market potential Parkinson’s disease drugs with US biotech Denali, in a deal worth more than $2.1 billion. Denali has been working on small-molecule compounds capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier and Biogen has bought a licence to co-develop and co-market compounds known as LRRK2 inhibitors in Parkinson’s …

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Biogen Signs an Agreement with Denali on LRRK2 Program for Parkinson’s Disease Worth ~$2.125B

Shots: Denali to receive $560M up front, $465M as equity investment at a price of $34.94/ share, representing 11.2% of Denali’s Pro-forma outstanding stock along with $1.125B as milestones. The two companies will codevelop Denali’s LRRK2 inhibitor for PD and co-commercialize it in the US and China while Biogen has the right to commercialize the …

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Biogen plans trial of Spinraza in patients not responding to SMA gene therapy

Biogen is planning to trial its Spinraza spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) drug in patients who have not responded properly to Novartis’ gene therapy Zolgensma, combining the two ultra-expensive therapies to treat the rare muscle-wasting disease. In the US, a single shot of Zolgensma (onasemnogene abeparvovec) costs $2.1 million, while Spinraza (nusinersen) costs $750,000 in its …

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Biogen to launch Phase IV study of spinal muscular atrophy drug in post-gene therapy patients

The company plans to enroll 60 patients who have received its drug, Spinraza, following suboptimal response to Novartis’ Zolgensma, which was approved last year. The trial, RESPOND, is anticipated to start enrolling in the first quarter of 2021, pending regulatory approval.

Biogen, Eisai complete submission of controversial Alzheimer’s drug. The ball is in FDA’s court now.

The FDA has 60 days to decide whether or not to accept the application. An analyst wrote that the agency accepting it with a priority or standard review may signal whether the agency is seriously considering approval or has continued reservations about the amyloid beta-targeting drug’s clinical benefit.