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EMA pushes its transparency initiative forward

24.02.2012 - The European Medicines Agency (EMA) will publish information about all drugs under review, beginning on March 1. On a monthly basis the company will issue a list disclosing the international non-proprietary name and therapeutic areas of each product under review as well as information on the type of salt, ester or derivative of the active ingredient.

Until now, EMA has published information just about orphan drugs under review. Information on other products will not be released until the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has issued an opinion. The plan is part of the agency ’s new policy on transparency and access to documents. The agency will also assume more responsibility in the field of pharmacovigilance. Up to now, the EMA focused its post-marketing drug safety monitoring on the 568 centrally authorised medicines for human use. But as of mid-July, the EU drug watchdog will stepwise include pharmacovigilance data from nationally authorised medicines. The newly formed Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) will be responsible for the implementation of the new European drug safety rules.

http://www.european-biotechnology-news.com/news/news/2012-01/ema-pushes-its-transparency-initiative-forward.html

FinancingUK

23.08.2016 Cambridge University-allied investor Cambridge Innovation Capital has raised £75m (€87m) to reinvest in technology and healthcare companies. Among the backers were Woodford Investment and Winton Ventures.

R&DDenmark

19.08.2016 Together with partner Johnson & Johnson, Danish biotech Genmab is now one step closer to FDA approval with its combination treatment for multiple myeloma after its submission of a supplemental Biologics License Application. In July, Genmab was granted a Breakthrough Therapy Designation (BTD) for its blood cancer therapy.

ResearchUKEU

17.08.2016 Philip Hammond, the UK’S chancellor has announced the government will guarantee funding for EU-backed "structural and investment fund" projects whose timelines extend beyond the UK’s departure from the EU, provided the projects are signed prior to this year's Autumn Statement on the UK budget. The decision ensures continued funding for farmers, companies and institutions involved in the EU’s Horizon 2020 project. The move could cost the UK government up to £6bn (€6.9bn).

Stock marketsGermany

15.08.2016 Back in April, the American FDA gave the green light for the colorectal cancer-screening test Epi procolon. Now Berlin-based diagnostics specialist Epigenomics is considering a secondary listing in the US. A draft of the required registration document was confidentially submitted to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

LicensingDenmark

11.08.2016 Danish Genmab AS has granted Gilead Sciences license to use its DuoBody technology platform to develop bispecific antibodies for the treatment of HIV. The deal is worth up to €252m.

Clinical developmentHungaryIreland

09.08.2016 Hungarian Gedeon Richter and Irish Allergan are staying on course in the face of dissappointing Phase III results for depression drug cariprazine. The partners will now begin another Phase III study needed for approval.

ImmunotherapySpain

08.08.2016 Araclon Biotech’s Alzheimer’s vaccine ABvac40 is going forward into Phase II after showing a good safety profile in Phase I. The promising trial results were presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference.

ApprovalEU

04.08.2016 After a two-year pilot period, the EMA has published its report on its adaptive pathways approach. The agency plans to “explore the concept further” and will continue to accept proposals.

BusinessPolandUK

01.08.2016 Life science venture capital group Epidarex has launched Nodthera Ltd, a biotech based on research by Poland-based drug discovery company Selvita. The start-up aims to develop novel inhibitors of the NLRP3 inflammasome.

R&DUKIreland

29.07.2016 GlaxoSmithKline has in-licensed Janssen’s anti-IL-33R monoclonal antibody for severe asthma. The British drugmaker is paying €208m up front for the mAb.

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