Merck has pulled the plug on Cubist Pharmaceuticals' early R&D operation, cutting 120 jobs in Massachusetts as it integrates its latest big acquisition.
Johnson & Johnson is ready to start trialing its Ebola vaccine in Africa, where Merck and NewLink are preparing to take theirs into Phase III. GlaxoSmithKline is also testing its jab there. But while thousands of healthcare workers have volunteered to participate in Ebola vaccine trials, the decision to mass-vaccinate against the disease is still up in the air.
Bristol-Myers Squibb may have been second to market with PD-1 drug Opdivo, but as of Wednesday, it's the first to snag a second go-ahead for the cancer fighter--and it's a big one.
There's a reason immuno-oncology is among the hottest fields in biopharma today--and that's the $20 billion or so in 2022 sales that many analysts estimate. No wonder Bristol-Myers Squibb, Merck, AstraZeneca and Roche are speeding ahead with their research in the field, with Sanofi, Novartis and Pfizer racing to catch up.
Merck may trail the first movers in the coming onslaught of blockbuster biosimilars, but the pharma giant is heralding a crop of late-stage copycat treatments it believes can snag a share of the soon-to-boom market.
NewLink's Ebola vaccine tie-up with Merck continues to pay off.
Merck has already had its fair share of struggles with uptake rates for its HPV vaccine, Gardasil. A Toronto Star story from earlier this month, which focused on young women who'd suffered serious problems following vaccination, didn't help matters. The paper has since backed away from its story, but some damage may already be done.
Taking a page from famed partners like Sanofi and Regeneron and Roche and Genentech, Merck has signed a sweeping R&D deal with biotech NGM Biopharmaceuticals, promising up to $450 million for 5 years of pipeline-building collaboration.
Japan's Sosei Group said it has acquired all of Heptares Therapeutics, a U.K.-based biotech focused on Alzheimer's disease and diabetes.
Former Merck analyst Zachary Zwerko pleaded guilty to federal insider-trading charges on Thursday for passing merger tips to a business school chum. The tips allowed the New York Mellon trader to make $700,000 in profits, Bloomberg reports.