After seeing its reputation as a leader in multiple sclerosis erode over recent years, Merck KGaA has decided to carve back the number of staffers working in preclinical R&D in the field.
Denmark's Dako is teaming up with Ono Pharmaceutical to develop a test for Ono and Bristol-Myers Squibb's drug for non-small cell lung cancer, Opdivo, adding to its tally of companion diagnostics partnerships and gaining more ground in the field.
Gilead Sciences is pushing further into oncology R&D, teaming up with Ono Pharmaceutical on a cancer treatment that could complement its first major success in the field.
Biopharma giants Amgen, Sanofi and Ono have joined a group of international academics to flesh out a promising but underexplored field of drug development, planning to share their discoveries with the public in hopes of galvanizing global R&D.
The anti-PD-1 immuno-oncology drug star nivolumab has won the race to the world's first regulatory checkered flag for an approval. Ono Pharmaceutical, which picked up the Japanese rights to the drug in a collaboration deal with Medarex back in 2005, says regulators in the Asian country approved nivolumab for sale as a treatment for unresectable melanoma.
Merck KGaA is backing out of its multiple sclerosis deal with Japan's Ono Pharmaceutical, deciding not to take the plunge on Phase III development for a drug that would face stiff competition.
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AMRI has locked down another 5-year partnership with Japan's Ono Pharmaceutical, agreeing to provide development and manufacturing services for the company's treatments, which include a promising multiple sclerosis drug.
An oral MS drug was credited with eliminating a large percentage of the brain lesions characteristic of the disease.
If at first you don't succeed with a blockbuster drug, try, try again. Merck KGaA 's Serono division has worked out a pair of new deals that will bring its R&D division in league with the