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.
12.05.2015 US pharma is coming to European biotech to fill their pipeline. Pfizer is paying €77.5m for an option on Dutch AM-Pharma, while Juno Therapeutics acquired German biotech Stage Cell Therapeutics for around €72m.
26.05.2015 The Finnish Medicines Agency Fimea has joined the Dutch MEB in its stance on the interchangeability of biosimilars. The Fimea now sees physician-driven switching of biologics as unproblematic.
20.05.2015 The Scottish Government has announced it will double the amount of funds for rare diseases. The New Medicines Fund that was created last year for this purpose will be increased to £80m (€112m).
30.04.2015 The European Parliament has given the go-ahead on a new law limiting the use of harmful crop-based biofuel in the transport sector. The decision marks a breakthrough in the EU’s approach to biofuels.
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