13.12.2012 - Algeta ASA has baged a €50m milestone after its partner Bayer Healthcare AG submitted a MAA to the European Medicines Agency.
Last year, the companies demonstrated improved overall survival with radium-223 dichloride (radium-223, previously Alpharadin) as a treatment in castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) patients with bone metastases. The milestone is part of a €560m licence deal signed in 2009 by the German drug developer and the Oslo-based specialist for alpha particle-emitting cancer pharmaceuticals.
The submission is based on data from the pivotal phase III ALSYMPCA (ALpharadin in SYMptomatic Prostate CAncer) trial, which was conducted by Algeta. In the study, radium-223 increased overall survival by 44%, resulting in a 30.5% reduction in the risk of death compared to placebo. The median overall survival (OS) benefit in patients with radium-223 was 3.6 months, based on 14.9 months OS with radium-223 plus best standard of care (BSoC) vs. 11.3 months with placebo plus BSoC.
Prostate cancer is the most common non-cutaneous malignancy in men worldwide. In 2008, an estimated 899,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer and 258,000 died from the disease worldwide. Prostate cancer is the sixth leading cause of death from cancer in men. A majority of men with CRPC have radiological evidence of bone metastases.
25.04.2014 Crispr Therapeutics has raised US$25m in a series A investment. With the money, the newly formed Swiss biopharma company plans on translating its gene editing technology into medicines for genetic diseases.
17.04.2014 The European Parliament has given green light to the second Innovative Medicines Initiative with the aim to advance pharmacological research and development, particularly in areas of unmet medical need.
11.04.2014 There is no evidence that neuraminidase inhibitors Tamiflu and Relenza prevent complications of influenza or reduce hospital admissions. In addition, it is unclear whether they can stop the spread of influenza in case of outbreaks, says a report by the Cochrane Collaboration.
09.04.2014 Roche is extending its involvement in the area of point-of-care diagnostics by taking over US company Iquum. In the field of epigenetics, the Swiss pharma company has started a cooperation with the Spanish company Oryzon.
08.04.2014 The Swiss Biotech Report 2014 presented in Zurich sees an encouraging upturn in the country's biotech scene. However, the acceptance of the mass immigration initiative poses a significant threat.
The LiposoFast-Basic produces unilamellar liposomes by the manual extrusion of a multilamellar liposome suspension through a polycarbonate membrane of defined pore size, using gas-tight, glass syringes. more