Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology per se are not officially on the agenda, but both industries could be affected by the semi-annual meeting of the Cross-strait Economic Cooperation Committee set for Jan. 29 in Taipei. Taiwan biotechs meet a week later.
MerLion Pharmaceuticals said it is in sustained talks with potenial investors to take its successful Phase II trials of a urinary tract infection application for its finaloxacin antibiotic into Phase III as it moves into a competitive landscape for the fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics with approval for an ear infection treament by the U.S. FDA.
The Serum Institute of India, the world's fifth largest vaccinemaker by volume, is eyeing newer vaccines, including one for the human papillomavirus expected to be launched by late 2018 and sell at a third of the price of Merck & Co.'s blockbuster Gardasil, Bloomberg reported.
The Russian ruble maybe in rubble, but the economic challenges will not deter Novo Nordisk, which is finishing up a plant in Russia. Five years in the planning and nearly three in construction, execs say it is needed to fulfill the drugmaker's long-term goals there.
Australia's Novotech has made a permanent home in Hong Kong, ditching its old office in favor of a larger space as it works to capitalize on the growing demand for clinical services in the region.
San Francisco's goBalto raised $12 million to push its clinical trial software, designed to expedite study startup.
India's Biocon held a busy earnings call on Jan. 23 that highlighted extensive spending on research and keeping several deals rolling, though tight-lipped on a possible license to make Gilead's chronic hepatitis C products and said it will sell a 10% to 15% stake in its research services arm Syngene through an initial public offering.
SINGAPORE-- India is not a member of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, but its intellectual property rules governing pharmaceutical patents lie at the core of a dispute ginning up this year to reach a final agreement. India's resistance to relaxing its rules has been a model for the emerging-market members of the TPP to seek similar compulsory licensing arrangements for generic drugs.
China biotech Innovent's recent success in raising $100 million in venture capital to help it build a pipeline of biosimilars could be a signal of how the industry may be set to explode in a country about to invest $6.45 billion in startups.
SINGAPORE-- Takeda Pharmaceutical has identified a handful of Indian vaccinemakers as targets for M&A or other deal structures as it gets ready to take a plunge into a market that saw rival Daiichi Sankyo find nothing but trouble, according to sources that have spoken to executives at the Japanese company.