An FDA panel of outside experts has contributed a round of thumbs-up for Bayer's new drug for pulmonary arterial hypertension, to be sold as Adempas, sending the pharma giant on what appears to be another victory lap in the lead-up to a likely approval.
Shares of Israel's Compugen soared more than 60% this morning after the Israeli biotech signed on to a collaboration with Bayer to find new antibody-based cancer immunotherapies.
Bayer garnered support from FDA staff for its submission for approval of riociguat for two forms of pulmonary hypertension, though reviewers recommended clearing the experimental drug at a lower dose than the company sought.
The company not only finally managed to make the IPO leap, it joined a select few which have priced their shares above the range, boosting their take and proving once again that the IPO door has swung wide open and the welcome mat is out--for now. The company sold 4.8 million shares at $17, above the $14 to $16 shares range laid out earlier. The offering raised $82 million.
A little more than a day after the Financial Post broke the story that Amgen had bid $120 a share for Onyx Pharmaceuticals, the biotech company has confirmed the offer and put the company up on the auction block.
The European Medicines Agency's experts have backed approval for two drugs that have already gained green lights for the U.S. market.
Seattle Genetics, which has a who's who in oncology drug development signed on as ADC collaborators, gets $20 million of that upfront with the rest in milestones.
Bayer and Onyx appear poised to expand sales of Nexavar (sorafenib). Investigators told the crowd at ASCO Sunday morning that their therapy almost doubled progression-free survival of treatment-resistant thyroid cancer patients, from a median 5.8 months in the control arm to 10.8 months in the treatment group.
As Bloomberg reports, Germany's Der Spiegel has ferreted more details about drug research in Soviet-era East Germany, where pharma groups tied to some of the biggest names in the industry reportedly benefited from cheap clinical trials before the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Bayer has a new set of upbeat results from its long-term extension study of riociguat, a major new player in a busy field of competitors angling for a share of the market for pulmonary arterial hypertension.