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Top 10 Phase III disasters of 2014

Welcome to the hall of shame, where blockbuster drug projections go to die. This list includes some drugs that clearly should never have wound up in Phase III to begin with, a few that were steered back to the clinic in a doomed attempt to mine something positive, and a couple of notable exceptions that may have helped advance the field by exploring the outer limits of new drug technology.

Merck KGaA bags Sigma-Aldrich's global lab services, manufacturing ops in $17B buyout

Merck KGaA has come up with its long-awaited buyout deal, acquiring the life sciences services outfit Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion.

Struggling Merck KGaA plans blockbuster R&D campaign for biosimilars, pact for PD-L1

Fresh from writing off one of its top late-stage programs, Merck KGaA stepped up with a revised comeback plan today, detailing plans to invest about $500 million in a late-stage effort to develop new biosimilars while scouting for a major-league partner to come in on its PD-L1 immuno-oncology program. And the company pointed to its current lineup of three star players in the pipeline, including one that has already posted a clinical failure.

Sutro adds Merck KGaA to its roster of marquee 'armed antibody' partners

Sutro Biopharma has landed another marquee name for its list of development partners for antibody-drug conjugates. Merck KGaA, which has been struggling in the clinic for years, has signed on with the San Francisco-based biotech, offering a $300 million package of milestones along with some unspecified research support.

Merck KGaA scraps a controversial PhIII comeback attempt for cancer vaccine

About a year ago Merck KGaA made the controversial decision to revive its late-stage program for the cancer vaccine Stimuvax, trying to start off fresh by renaming it tecemotide and pointing it toward a subpopulation of non-small cell lung cancer patients which appeared to respond in its very big failed Phase III. Today, the program is--once again--officially terminated.

Merck KGaA dives into allergy R&D with platform pact

Facing dwindling sales and a thin late-stage pipeline, Merck KGaA is looking to accelerate its efforts in allergy drug development, signing a deal with an Austrian biotech with hopes of quickly seeding new programs in the field.

Merck KGaA's cancer vaccine endures another clinical failure

Tecemotide, Merck KGaA's 9-lived cancer vaccine, has flunked another clinical trial, missing its main goal in a Japanese study and casting further doubts on the program's future.

When will Merck KGaA take the M&A plunge?

Merck KGaA is talking up deals again, pointing to its healthy cash reserves and saying it can well afford a blockbuster buyout to bolster its pipeline. But that's been the story for nearly a year, so what's the German giant waiting on?

Merck KGaA brings in a new R&D boss amid its global rethink

Merck KGaA, in the middle of a reformation plot in its biopharma division, has found a new head of drug R&D, moving on after its last research chief lasted just 6 months in the job.

Mersana grabs a $792M ADC development pact with Merck KGaA

Mersana Therapeutics has inked another antibody-drug conjugate development pact, this time with the R&D team at Merck KGaA in Germany.