Try as we might, we can’t cover all the biotech news out there! Here’s a roundup of news that didn’t make the cut this week.
- AstraZeneca went in big for an artificial antibody-type protein in an up to €2B deal with a Boston-based company
- GSK has injected $140M into its manufacturing expansion in Maryland
- Word on the street is that Sanofi may be trying to acquire Sarepta
- Another M&A rumour that Pfizer may try to acquire BMS has been reinvigorated by Pfizer’s Q1 report
- Shire made a lucrative deal with North Carolina-based Parion to advance ophthalmology candidates
- Qiagen is expanding into China via a partnership with Maccura
- Novartis is adding to its NASH portfolio by availing itself of an exclusive licensing option for emricasan from Conatus
- AstraZeneca has brought its own checkpoint inhibitor to market
- Novartis’ Rydapt has been approved for several more indications, including acute myeloid leukaemia and three more types of systemic mastocytosis
- AlzProtect’s candidate, ASP2006, for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy has been granted Orphan Drug Designation by the FDA
- Switzerland gave Pharmamar Orphan Drug Designation for Aplidin, its multiple myeloma treatment.
- After Abivax’s promising but very early-stage results, researchers in the US also had a breakthrough towards an HIV cure — but they’re using CRISPR.
- Spanish researchers have found that phagocytosis not only clears useless cells but also educates the cannibals as they are imbued with protective properties from their prey.
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