Friday, July 31, 2015
Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals have entered into a new global collaboration to discover, develop and commercialize new antibody cancer treatments in the emerging field of immuno-oncology. The two companies will jointly develop a programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) inhibitor currently in phase I testing, and plan to initiate clinical trials in 2016 with new therapeutic candidates based on ongoing, innovative preclinical programs.
Deerfield Management has launched the Deerfield Healthcare Innovations Fund, which will invest in groundbreaking advancements in science that may lead to therapeutic interventions in genetic diseases, cancer and orphan diseases. The venture capital fund also will back new technologies that can transform how therapeutics are developed and improve the way healthcare is delivered to patients.
Biogen and the Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., have formed a strategic alliance focused on enhancing the understanding of the underlying biology of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and the creation of novel tools and programs that could accelerate R&D of new PD treatments. The agreement will combine the clinical experience and data of the Institute with Biogen’s focus on neurodegenerative disease and approach to clinical development.
Emergent BioSolutions, a global specialty biopharmaceutical company based in Gaithersburg, Md., has been awarded a contract by the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) valued at $19.7 million to develop and manufacture cGMP lots of three Ebola monoclonal antibodies in CHO cell lines at a 2000 liter scale.
Aslan Pharmaceuticals, an oncology focused biotechnology company, and National Cancer Center Singapore (NCCS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will further enhance the study of novel therapeutic agents for the treatment of gastric cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma (liver) and cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct), three common forms of gastrointestinal (GI) cancers that are particularly prevalent in Asia.
Vaccine products in the R&D pipeline have more than tripled since 2005 and annual worldwide sales are on track to reach $40 billion by 2020, according to a recently completed study by the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development (CSDD).