30.05.2013 - Danish Novo A/S has secured royalties on an upcoming competitor treatment to the age-related macular degeneration drug Lucentis.
In total, the Danish injected US$175m to push Phase III development of Ophtotec’s AMD drug Fovista (E10030). The company led a US$50m Series C financing and secured a share on future royalties with the anti-PDGF pegylated aptamer in exchange for US$125m.
In Phase IIb studies, dosing 449 patients with wet AMD with 6 monthly injections of Fovista plus Lucentis in the eye led to an 62% improvement of vision compared to Lucentis monotherapy after 6 months. Last year Roche’s VEGF-targeting angiogenesis blocker, which is distributed in Europe by Novartis, made more that 1.5bn in sales.
12.02.2016 The promise of the microbiome as the basis of new treatments has caught the attention of many. Now, UK biotherapeutics maker 4D pharma plc has padded its microbiome pipeline with the acquisition of Irish Tucana Health.
05.02.2016 It is not yet clear why a man died during a first-in-man clinical trial in January. A preliminary report found several “major shortcomings” by responsible CRO Biotrial. However, all regulations were complied with.
04.02.2016 After having dodged multiple takeover attempts by Monsanto last year, agrobusiness giant Syngenta has now agreed to be acquired by chemical corporation ChemChina. The Swiss company also announced plans to go public within a few years.
01.02.2016 Altering human DNA with the efficient gene editing method CRISPR/Cas9, especially germline modifications, was long considered a taboo. Now, however, UK scientists have received official approval to tinker with embryo DNA.
27.01.2016 Three UK universities have teamed up with three pharma companies to create the Apollo Therapeutics Fund. With the tech transfer fund, the consortium aims to develop scientific research into medicines.
25.01.2016 Affimed means to put a promising drug combination to the test. With support from MSD, the German biopharma will carry out clinical trials for an immunotherapy combining treatments of both companies.
21.01.2016 Stop squandering antibiotics and make research profitable again: at the World Economic Forum in Swiss Davos, 83 pharmaceutical companies have called for a unified approach towards the threat of antimicrobial resistance.