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Amgen link strong as Astellas files with PMDA on Evolocumab, and new indication for Kiklin

Japan's Astellas Pharma has filed with Japan's Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Agency for approval of PCSK9 inhibitor evolocumab for high cholesterol under the Amgen Astellas BioPharma joint venture.

Astellas scores FDA approval for life-threatening fungus-fighter

The FDA offers incentives for developing products that target life-threatening infections, and Astellas just became the latest drugmaker to take advantage.

Astellas bags FDA approval for a new anti-infective

Japanese pharma giant Astellas won FDA approval for an antifungal treatment targeting two rare but dangerous infections, the latest drugmaker to take advantage of new incentives for anti-infective products.

Astellas joins forces with Immunomics on allergy vaccine

Astellas Pharma is getting a piece of the vaccine pie. The Japanese company is joining forces with U.S.-based Immunomic Therapeutics to develop the latter's vaccine to treat allergies caused by Japanese red cedar.

Astellas gets on the trial transparency train

Japanese pharma giant Astellas is the latest drugmaker to make its clinical trial data available to outside researchers, increasing its R&D transparency but stopping short of some industry trailblazers.

Astellas dodges trial over alleged Prograf generics delay

Astellas tweaked its plans for Tuesday, the day a trial was set to start over an alleged scheme to delay generics of immune-suppressant drug Prograf. Instead of heading to court, the Japanese pharma agreed to settle a handful of lawsuits, it announced.

'Futuristic' treatments come to fruition with cell and gene therapies

The world of gene therapy--in which single-dose treatments correct debilitating defects--enjoyed something of a renaissance in 2014. Strong clinical results from leaders in the once-maligned field spurred renewed optimism, helping a new generation of startups secure millions in venture financing to develop their next-generation approaches to the field.

Biotech goes global as Asia gets connected with the U.S. and Europe

In the coming year, you can expect to see a lot more work being done on Asian deals, particularly for China. Through the course of this past year there have been growing signs of this global evolution.

Astellas adds to deal spree with expanded $675M-plus Cytokinetics pact

Astellas has capped a string of new drug development deals by upping the ante on its pact with South San Francisco-based Cytokinetics. After handing over a $40 million upfront fee for their original 2013 deal, Astellas has come back with $75 million more in near-term financing and more than $600 million in milestones on the table.

Astellas' Xtandi to challenge J&J's Zytiga in the EU with pre-chemo OK

After ringing up a key U.S. approval in September to threaten Johnson & Johnson's Zytiga, Astellas' Xtandi now has what it needs to ramp up its market-share battle in the EU, too.