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Astellas reports fourth death in halted gene therapy trial

There has been a fourth patient fatality in Astellas’ clinical trial of its AT132 gene therapy for the rare disease X-linked myotubular myopathy (XLMTM), which has been halted twice due to safety concerns. The latest suspension came after abnormal liver function tests (LFTs) were seen in a boy receiving the gene therapy, who has since …

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PharmaShots Weekly Snapshots (August 30 – September 03, 2021)

Forte’s FB-401 Fails to Meet Primary Endpoints in P-II Clinical Trial For the Treatment of Atopic Dermatitis Published: Sept 3, 2021 | Tags: Forte, FB-401, P-II, Clinical Trial, Atopic Dermatitis Novartis Cosentyx (secukinumab) Receives NICE Recommendation for Patients with Plaque Psoriasis Published: Sept 3, 2021 | Tags: Novartis, Cosentyx, secukinumab, NICE Recommendation, Plaque Psoriasis Pfizer …

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PharmaShots Weekly Snapshots (August 30 – September 03, 2021)

Forte’s FB-401 Fails to Meet Primary Endpoints in P-II Clinical Trial For the Treatment of Atopic Dermatitis Published: Sept 3, 2021 | Tags: Forte, FB-401, P-II, Clinical Trial, Atopic Dermatitis Novartis Cosentyx (secukinumab) Receives NICE Recommendation for Patients with Plaque Psoriasis Published: Sept 3, 2021 | Tags: Novartis, Cosentyx, secukinumab, NICE Recommendation, Plaque Psoriasis Pfizer …

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Astellas Pauses Dosing of AT132 in ASPIRO Clinical Trial for the Treatment of X-linked Myotubular Myopathy

Shots: Astellas discontinue the dosing in the ASPIRO trial that evaluates AT132 in 24 participants (7 at the 1.3×1014 vg/kg dose and 17 at the 3.5×1014 vg/kg dose) with XLMTM. The participant has a history of intermittent cholestasis The discontinuation is due to serious AEs in a study that demonstrated abnormal LFTs in patients who …

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More trouble for Astellas as AT132 gene therapy trial is halted again

Astellas has halted dosing in a study of its AT132 gene therapy for the rare disease X-linked myotubular myopathy (XLMTM) for the second time after another serious adverse event (SAE) linked to possible liver damage. The ASPIRO trial of AT132 has been paused after abnormal liver function tests (LFTs) were seen in a patient receiving …

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PharmaShots Weekly Snapshots (August 16 – 20, 2021)

Janssen Presents Results of Rybrevant (amivantamab-vmjw) in P-I CHRYSALIS Study for Advanced NSCLC with METex14 Mutations at WCLC Published: Aug 20, 2021 | Tags: Astellas, FibroGen, Evrenzo, Roxadustat, EC, Approval, Symptomatic Anemia, Chronic Kidney Disease Astellas and FibroGen’s Evrenzo (roxadustat) Receive EC’s Approval for Symptomatic Anemia Associated with Chronic Kidney Disease Published: Aug 20, 2021 …

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After FDA snub, EMA backs FibroGen, Astellas’ roxadustat

The EU regulator has approved  FibroGen and Astellas Evrenzo for adults with anaemia caused by chronic kidney disease (CKD), just days after the FDA turned down the drug in the US. The decision makes Evrenzo (roxadustat) the first oral HIF-PH inhibitor to be cleared for use in the EU, ahead of rival candidates daprodustat from …

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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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PharmaShots Weekly Snapshots (Aug 02 – 06, 2021)

Medtronic to Acquire Intersect ENT for ~$1.1B Published: Aug 6, 2021 | Tags: Medtronic, Intersect ENT, ~$1.1B Kite Signs a License Agreement with Appia to Develop Allogeneic Cell Therapies for the Treatment of Cancer Published: Aug 6, 2021 | Tags: Kite, Appia, Allogeneic Cell Therapies, Cancer Polpharma & Bioeq Report BLA Submission to the US …

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Astellas Signs a License Agreement with Minovia for Novel Mitochondrial Cell Therapy Programs

Shots: Minovia receives a $20M up front and is eligible to receive ~$420M per product in development, regulatory & commercial milestone for mitochondrial cell therapies caused by mitochondrial dysfunction The collaboration is to accelerate the allogeneic mitochondrial cell therapy programs & extend Astellas’ capabilities in mitochondrial biology. The collaboration follows the recent acquisition of Mitobridge …

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ViewPoints Interview: Astellas’ Dr. Andrew Krivoshik Shares Insights on P-II FAST Study of Zolbetuximab

In an interview with PharmaShots, Dr. Andrew Krivoshik, Senior Vice President and Oncology Therapeutic Area Head at Astellas, shared his views on the P-II FAST study result published in the journal Gastric Cancer and highlights the data published in Annals of Oncology. Shots: The data from P-II FAST study evaluating zolbetuximab + EOX in 1L …

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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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Astellas Signs a License Agreement with ExCellThera for In Vitro Use of UM171 in Pluripotent Stem Cells

Shots: ExCellThera to receive up front, future contingent payments along with manufacturing and supply fees for the licensed molecules The collaboration validates the immense clinical and commercial potential of UM171 in additional fields of development The collaboration allows the ExcelThera to focus on clinical programs and commercial plans for ECT-001 cell therapy product along with …

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Shot in the arm for Affinivax as it challenges Pfizer’s Prevnar

Already facing one rival to its blockbuster pneumococcal vaccine Prevnar, Pfizer could have another to contend with, after Affinivax reported positive phase 2 results with its ASP3772 candidate – plus a new breakthrough designation from the FDA. Last year, Pfizer made almost $6 billion from its Prevnar 13 vaccine, which covers 13 common serotypes of …

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New Cell & Gene Therapy Collective seeks to boost UK adoption

The UK has been a global leader in introducing cell and gene therapies that can potentially transform the lives of patients with debilitating diseases – but there are still many barriers to wider adoption. These challenges often arise because these therapies go through the same value assessment processes as less complex medicines, and the infrastructure …

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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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Astellas and Seagen Report Updated Results of Padcev in Two Studies for Locally Advanced or Metastatic Urothelial Cancer Not Eligible for Cisplatin Chemotherapy

Shots: The companies reported the positive results from two studies (EV-201 and EV-103) evaluating Padcev as monothx. and in combination with Merck’s Keytruda in patients with LA or mUC who are not able to receive cisplatin CT respectively An updated analysis of EV-201 Cohort 2 showed that 51% achieved confirmed objective response with CR (22%), …

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Autobahn Acquires Global Rights to Astellas’ ASP3652 to Bolster its Brain Targeting Chemistry Platform

Shots: Autobahn acquires global IP, development, and regulatory rights to ASP3652 to strengthen its brain-targeting chemistry platform. The addition of ASP3652 will accelerate the delivery of next-generation brain-targeting prodrugs for CNS disorders, particularly MS ASP3652 complements Autobahn’s brain-targeting chemistry platform, which uses FAAH-mediated prodrug conversion to enable the delivery of small molecules across the BBB. …

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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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Astellas, Seagen seek speedy reviews of Padcev in bladder cancer

The next milestone in Seagen and Astellas’ bid to build their antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) Padcev into a blockbuster will come in August, when the FDA concludes an accelerated review of two bladder cancer filings.  One of the filings is to convert the ADC’s current conditional approval as a later-line therapy for urothelial cancer in patients …

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Astellas and Seagen Report the US FDA’s Acceptance of Two sBLA for Padcev (enfortumab vedotin) in Locally Advanced or Metastatic Urothelial Cancer

Shots: The first sBLA is based on the P-III EV-301 trial assessing Padcev vs CT in ~ 600 patients with LA or mUC prior treated with PD-1/L1 inhibitor and platinum-based therapy. The first sBLA seeks to convert PADCEV’s accelerated approval to regular approval The second sBLA is based on cohort 2 of the P-II EV-201 …

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

The US FDA has approved 7 NDAs in Mar 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 19 novel products in 2021. Additionally, last year in 2020, the US FDA has approved …

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Global impact: How regulatory affairs is shaping development of cutting-edge pharma innovation

When it comes to developing cutting-edge innovations, Astellas aims to be at the forefront. The pharma organisation prides itself on having an open, collaborative, “science first” approach to help ensure breakthrough discoveries have the very best chance of long-term success in bringing new treatment options to patients worldwide. “Our mission is to turn innovative science …

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Astellas and Seagen Report EMA’s Acceptance of MAA for Enfortumab Vedotin to Treat Locally Advanced or Metastatic Urothelial Cancer

Shots: The MAA is based on the P-III EV-301 trial which involves assessing Enfortumab Vedotin vs CT in ~ 600 patients with LA/m-UC, prior treated with Pt.-based CT and a PD-1/L1 inhibitor The 1EPs of the trial is OS and 2EPs include PFS, ORR, DoR, DCR as well as the assessment of safety/tolerability and QoL …

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PharmaShots Weekly Snapshots (Mar 08 – 12, 2021)

PhaseBio Signs a Supply Agreement with BioVectra to Support the Development and Commercialization of Bentracimab Published: Mar 12, 2021 | Tags: PhaseBio, Signs, Supply, Agreement, BioVectra, Support,  Development, Commercialization, Bentracimab Takeda Reports NDA Submission of Lanadelumab to the MHLW as a Preventive Treatment for Hereditary Angioedema Attack in Japan Published: Mar 12, 2021 | Tags: …

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Astellas Reports NDA Submission of Enfortumab Vedotin to the MHLW for Locally Advanced or Metastatic Urothelial Cancer in Japan

Shots: The submission is based on EV-301 and EV-201 trials in Japan. The P-III EV-301 trial assessing Enfortumab Vedotin vs CT in ~ 600 patients with LA/m-UC, prior treated with platinum-based CT and PD-1/L1 inhibitor The P-II EV-201 trial assessing Enfortumab Vedotin in ~128 patients with LA/m-UC, prior treated with PD-1/L1 inhibitor, including those who …

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PharmaShots Weekly Snapshots (Feb 22- 26, 2021)

Regeneron Reports IDMC Clearance of Efficacy for REGEN-COV (Casirivimab + Imdevimab) in P-III COVID-19 Outpatient Outcomes Trial Published: Feb 26, 2021 | Tags: Regeneron, Reports, IDMC, Clearance, Efficacy, REGEN-COV (Casirivimab + Imdevimab), P-III, COVID-19, Outpatient, Outcomes, Trial Daiichi Sankyo Collaborates with LYSA-LYSARC-CALYM for Valemetostat in Patients with R/R B-Cell Lymphoma Published: Feb 26, 2021 | …

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Astellas Reports Results of Fezolinetant in Two P-III Studies for the Nonhormonal Treatment of VMS in Postmenopausal Women

Shots: The P-III studies SKYLIGHT 1 & 2 involves assessing fezolinetant (30 & 45mg, qd) vs PBO in women with mod. to sev. vasomotor symptoms (VMS) for the first 12wks. followed by 40wks. active treatment extension periods Both the trials met all four co-1EPs demonstrating a significant reduction from baseline in the frequency and severity …

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PharmaShots Weekly Snapshots (Feb 15- 19, 2021)

RedHill Signs a Manufacturing Agreement with Cosmo for Movantik and RHB-204  Published: Feb 19, 2021 | Tags: RedHill, Signs, Manufacturing, Agreement, Cosmo, Movantik, RHB-204 Astellas and Seagen Reports Submission of Two BLA to the US FDA for Padcev (enfortumab vedotin) in Locally Advanced or Metastatic Urothelial Cancer Published: Feb 19, 2021 | Tags: Astellas, Seagen, Reports, Submission, …

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Astellas/Seagen prepare full US filing of bladder cancer drug Padcev

Astellas and Seagen have the data they need for a full licence for their bladder cancer drug Padcev in the US, based on trial results announced over the weekend. To recap, Padcev (enfortumab vedotin) was quickly okayed by the FDA in December 2019 in advanced urothelial cancer on the basis of phase 2 response data …

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Top 20 Biopharma Deal Terminations of 2020 Based on Total Deal Value

The biopharma industry saw numerous deal terminations in 2020. Clinical and regulatory results, change in control limitations, and strategic reprioritizations were among the most common reasons for deal termination. Sanofi and Hanmi’s agreement in 2015 ranked first under which Hanmi regained WW rights to its protein/peptide discovery technology, lapscovery. The second position goes to the …

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PharmaShots Weekly Snapshot (Feb 01-05, 2021)

Reistone Report Results for SHR0302 in P-II Study to Treat Ulcerative Colitis Published: Feb 5, 2020 | Tags: Reiston, Report, Result, SHR0302, P-II, Study, Treat, Ulcerative Colitis Enzene Receives Marketing Authorization for Teriparatide (biosimilar) in India Published: Feb 5, 2020 | Tags: Enzene, Receives, Marketing Authorization, Teriparatide (biosimilar), India Johnson & Johnson Reports EUA Submission …

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Astellas’ Xospata (gilteritinib) Receives NMPA’s Conditional Approval for R/R AML with a FLT3 Mutation

Shots: The approval was based on P-III ADMIRAL assessing gilteritinib (120mg, qd) vs CT in 319 patients with relapsed or refractory AML. The study showed patients had significantly longer overall survival OS, mOS (9.3 vs 5.6mos.) Additionally, Chinese patient PK data from the ongoing P-III COMMODORE trial were also reviewed. The accelerated approval follows PR …

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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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Astellas Reports the US FDA’s Acceptance of Priority Review for its NDO Therapy

Shots: The US FDA has accepted the PR for NDA of mirabegron (oral suspension) and sNDA for Myrbetriq (mirabegron, tablets) for neurogenic detrusor overactivity (NDO) in pediatric patients aged ≥ 3yrs. with anticipated PDUFA date as Mar 28, 2021 The NDA & sNDA is based on P-III study assessing efficacy, safety, tolerability and PK of …

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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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Astellas Collaborates with KaliVir to Develop and Commercialize VET2-L2

Shots: KaliVir to receive $56M as upfront & other payments supporting the research & preclinical activities of VET2-L2 & is eligible to receive $307M & $271M as development, regulatory & commercialization for VET2-L2 & second product, respectively along with royalties on sales of each licensed product The alliance integrates KaliVir’s expertise in the development of …

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$200M investment to advance clinical programs for Ambrx

The San Diego-based biopharma firm has several oncology therapies in development and has partnered in the past with the likes of Astellas, BeiGene and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

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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Astellas doubles down on partnership and buys bioelectronics firm iota

Astellas Pharma is to buy bioelectronic medical devices firm iota Biosciences in a deal worth up to $429m, building on a previous research partnership. In August last year the companies began a joint research and development agreement based around iota’s bioelectronic devices in several indications. Bioelectronics is a field that has been investigated by Google’s …

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NICE backs NHS use for Astellas’ Xospata after rethink

NICE has recommended regular NHS funding for Astellas’ Xospata (gilteritinib) monotherapy for certain adult patients with acute myeloid leukaemia.  In final draft guidance NICE said that the drug is recommended for relapse or refractory FLT3 mutation-positive AML, giving patients an alternative to chemotherapy and its unpleasant side effects.  However because of considerable uncertainty about long-term survival after stem cell transplant, NICE …

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