Sanofi has formed an alliance with medical device titan Medtronic to develop combo therapies that can improve patient adherence and simplify insulin treatment for the world's roughly 350 million sufferers of Type 2 diabetes.
Combine the blockbuster GLP-1 drug Victoza with a long-acting insulin and you get a treatment greater than the sum of its parts, according to Novo Nordisk, which unveiled promising new data on its diabetes cocktail IDegLira.
Eli Lilly will hardly be the first in the field of GLP-1 treatments for diabetes if and when it launches dulaglutide, but the company believes its drug has the data to stand out among its rivals and claim the lion's share of a multibillion-dollar market.
Isis says its lead diabetes drug scored a success in a Phase II study, with both doses of ISIS-GCGR spurring a significant drop in blood glucose levels after 13 weeks of therapy in a group of treatment-resistant patients. And the antisense therapy hit its marks on HbA1c without spurring some of the troubling side effects that may hinder rival therapies in the pipeline.
Two years after a stinging rejection at the hands of the same committee, Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca got a warmer reception for their diabetes drug dapagliflozin, winning a recommendation from an FDA advisory panel and brightening their odds of approval for the once-rebuffed therapy.
AstraZeneca and Bristol-Myers Squibb are trying once again to get U.S. approval for their drug dapagliflozin, an innovative but potentially risky treatment for Type 2 diabetes.
GW Pharmaceuticals has expanded mindsets about potential diabetes treatment. In a small midstage study of patients on its pot-based drug candidate, the U.K. drug developer showed improvements in insulin production and other benefits.
The FDA has approved the first drug in a new class of blood glucose-lowering diabetes drugs: Johnson & Johnson's ($JNJ) Invokana (canagliflozin) for patients with Type II diabetes. The approval gives the healthcare giant its first market green light for a new diabetes therapy.
GlaxoSmithKline has snapped in another piece to its regulatory puzzle, filing its once-weekly Type 2 diabetes treatment albiglutide for an approval in Europe. The treatment is one of a slate of six therapies that the Big Pharma company now has under review on both sides of the Atlantic. And they provide GSK with the chance to argue that its multibillion-dollar R&D effort has begun to pay off.
Cambridge, MA-based Zafgen has taken another big step forward in its quest to develop a unique new weight drug. The biotech has laid out its plans for its first Phase IIa study of beloranib, which inhibits the MetAP2 enzyme.