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.
28.01.2015 EMA recommends suspending around 750 generic medicines marketed throughout the world after India’s GVK Biosciences is accused of faking bioequivalence studies. Meds considered critically important for patients will remain available.
20.01.2015 Ebola research projects are set to receive €215m in funding from the European Commission’s IMI2 Ebola+ programme. Among the project partners are vaccine developers Glaxosmithkline, Johnson&Johnson and Merck.
13.01.2015 Shire beefs up its rare disease portfolio after acquiring NPS Pharma with the aim of becoming a leading biotech in a US$5.2bn deal. Part of the deal is the US biotech's lead portfolio of gastrointestinal and hormone replacement therapies.