There's no mistaking Geoffrey Porges' opinion on Vertex's chances of success with its combo study of VX-809 and Kalydeco. After spending the weekend at the European Cystic Fibrosis Society meeting in Sweden, the prominent Bernstein analyst came away even more soured on the experimental CF drug's potential, with pivotal data for the combo looming on the horizon.
On Friday, Celgene followed up on its aggressive $130 million upfront deal to land an option on Agios' experimental therapies by locking in development and commercialization rights to its lead drug, AG-221. On Saturday, Agios explained why, detailing Phase I data that showed an objective response among more than half of the evaluable patients and a complete response from 6 of 25.
Sanofi and its close development partner Regeneron added some positive year-long results to the promising Phase III rheumatoid arthritis data that they've been gathering on sarilumab, an antibody that is billed as one of the pharma giant's top late-stage drug prospects.
Shares of Inovio Pharmaceuticals took a hit Tuesday on rumors that CEO Joseph Kim was "walking back expectations" for a Phase II study of DNA vaccine candidate VGX-3100 in women with cervical precancerous lesions.
Lilly has hit another setback in its effort to expand the market range for its key cancer drug ramucirumab, recently approved as Cyramza for stomach cancer.
Last year Receptos pulled off one of the most successful biotech IPOs in a red-hot market for new offerings, largely on the promise of a midstage study underway for its oral multiple sclerosis drug. And this morning investors spurred a 35% spike in its share price as investigators spelled out promising data from that Phase II trial.
In keeping with changing industry standards, Eli Lilly has joined the host of drugmakers opening up their data vaults, going further than some but not quite baring it all.
CHICAGO--Amgen's big Phase III effort on the viral cancer vaccine talimogene laherparepvec may have fallen just shy of hitting the mark for a key metric on overall survival, but after hitting the primary goal on durable response rates for patients with melanoma, the big biotech says it plans to move ahead and seek an approval to start selling the treatment. And investigators here at ASCO have also begun to add some new data to back up its potential as a combination cancer therapy.
Eli Lilly wrestled its way into the spotlight at ASCO Saturday morning with evidence that its cancer drug ramucirumab delivers a marginal benefit for patients suffering from advanced non-small cell lung cancer. And analysts quickly heralded the data, saying it should help pave the way to quickly broaden the market for this drug.
AbbVie's experimental leukemia drug ABT-199 is continuing to wow analysts with some stellar early-stage data. At the interim point of a Phase Ib study, ABT-199/GDC-0199 combined with rituximab registered an 84% overall response rate among patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.