Wednesday, November 13, 2013
EnVivo Pharmaceuticals, developing a range of novel therapies for central nervous system (CNS) diseases, has named Deborah Dunsire, M.D., president and chief executive officer. She also joins the company’s board of directors. Dunsire brings more than 25 years of scientific, clinical, operational and commercial experience and biological and pharmaceutical industry leadership to EnVivo.
Third Rock Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on building healthcare companies, has expanded and strengthened its team with several appointments and role changes. These additions allow Third Rock to continue to support the launch of new companies focused on disruptive areas of science and medicine, the maturation and development of its current portfolio companies and the overall strategy and direction of the firm.
Josef von Rickenbach, chairman and CEO of Parexel International, a global bio/pharmaceutical services organization, will be honored for his commitment and contributions to the biotechnology industry, by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio), a not-for-profit organization that represents and provides services and support for the Massachusetts biotechnology industry.
Seattle Genetics and Millennium, a subsidiary of Takeda Pharmaceutical, have formed a collaboration with Ventana Medical Systems, a member of the Roche Group, through which Ventana will seek to develop, manufacture and commercialize a molecular companion diagnostic test with the goal of identifying patients who might respond to treatment with Adcetris based on CD30 expression levels in their tissue specimens.
Seattle Genetics and Millennium, the Takeda oncology company, released interim results from 32 patients treated to date in a phase I clinical trial of Adcetris (brentuximab vedotin) administered in combination or sequentially with chemotherapy for the treatment of newly diagnosed systemic anaplastic large cell lymphoma (sALCL) and other CD30-positive mature T-cell lymphoma patients.
Takeda Pharmaceutical and Intellikine have entered into an agreement for Takeda America Holdings to acquire Intellikine by cash. Takeda expects that the transaction will be finalized in January 2012. Under the agreement, Takeda America Holdings will acquire Intellikine for $190 million upfront and up to $120 million in additional potential clinical development milestone payments.