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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.

J&J scuttles a $945M arthritis deal with Astellas on the eve of Phase III

Johnson & Johnson is walking away from a potential rheumatoid arthritis treatment from Astellas, nixing a deal that could have paid out at $945 million and putting the drug's stateside future in jeopardy.

Astellas backs out of a $760M Alzheimer's deal with CoMentis

Astellas and CoMentis are calling it quits on their partnership in Alzheimer's disease, as the Japanese drugmaker walks away from a deal valued at up to $760 million.

Astellas dives into gene therapy with a Harvard expert in tow

Japan's Astellas Pharma is the latest big drugmaker allured by the promise of gene therapy, mounting an R&D effort that could lead to a new treatment for an inherited eye disease.

Xtandi field force gets a staffing boost for market-share battle with Zytiga

Astellas and Medivation bagged that new Xtandi approval in prostate cancer. What next? Gear up for a head-to-head with Johnson & Johnson's Zytiga. And to do that, Medivation is expanding its sales force by 50%, Medical Marketing & Media reports

Astellas leans on U.K. luminaries for cancer R&D

Japanese drugmaker Astellas Pharma has teamed up with Cancer Research U.K. to join forces on early-stage oncology R&D, working to identify new treatments for pancreatic cancer.