Thursday, November 5, 2015
Genmab, a Denmark-based, publicly traded, international biotechnology company, has granted Novo Nordisk commercial licenses to use the DuoBody technology platform to create and develop bispecific antibody candidates for two therapeutic programs. The bispecific antibodies will target a disease area outside of cancer therapeutics. Genmab will receive an upfront payment of $2 million from Novo Nordisk.
The reputation of the pharmaceutical industry—historically not much better than that of the oil or tobacco industries—has stabilized in recent years. And public views about clinical research have improved significantly. Yet overall, the level of trust in pharmaceutical companies remains low.
Johnson & Johnson Innovation has announced 17 new collaborations with research institutions and healthcare companies, bringing the total number of collaborations formed since the 2013 launch of Johnson & Johnson Innovation to more than 200. Johnson & Johnson Innovation seeks to identify and advance scientific innovation across the Johnson & Johnson segments of Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices and Consumer businesses.
Following the completion of the management buyout of Synexus, the new board confirms its intention to expand the footprint of the company through organic growth and acquisition. Synexus, a multi-national company dedicated to the recruitment and running of clinical trials at its own research centers across the globe, intends to become a major player in the U.S., continue to expand its existing network of sites in Europe and Africa and develop a presence in Asia and South America.
Relationships between drug sponsors and investigative sites have become more effective during the past two years, according to a new CenterWatch survey, as the initiatives top sponsors have implemented in recent years to address site burdens—such as increased protocol complexity and insufficient study support—are beginning to have a positive impact.
The GPCR Consortium, an international nonprofit collaboration that comprises academic research institutes in the U.S. and China and major pharma companies around the world, has announced Novo Nordisk and Merck as new members. The companies join Amgen, Sanofi and Ono in the GPCR Consortium. The research funded by the GPCR Consortium currently is conducted at the Bridge Institute at the University of Southern California, Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica and the iHuman Institute at ShanghaiTech University.