Talking of breaking internal siloes has become a corporate-speak cliche. But in a speech that could be described as brutally honest, GlaxoSmithKlines' head of drug delivery nevertheless brought the importance of doing so to life during last week's Partnership Opportunities in Drug Delivery conference.
Celgene bet big on the little-known Irish biotech Nogra Pharma when it partnered on a mid-stage drug for Crohn's disease. And today Celgene spelled out the reasons why it gambled $710 million upfront on a Phase II drug, highlighting data that support a clear case that the therapy can help spur clinical remission in a broad group of patients.
DKSH, a well-heeled pharma marketing operation, has reupped with Roche, expanding a long-standing agreement to include more of Asia.
Abbott made separate announcements related to devices focused on the eyes. The first was for a deal it reached with Carl Zeiss Meditec to sell the Swiss lensmaker's cataract surgery products alongside its own ocular surgery devices.
PPD has signed a master service agreement with Swiss biotech Sellas, lending its drug development expertise to the company's efforts to advance a portfolio of treatments.
Biotech powerhouse Genentech is going all in with Ames, IA-based NewLink Genetics, partnering on an early-stage cancer program which has been billed as an important example of a new class of checkpoint inhibitor. And Genentech says that it plans to build a portfolio of programs pairing this therapeutic with Roche's closely watched PD-L1 drug.
Provectus Biopharmaceuticals, a biotech that has been stung by regulatory setbacks, has recruited INC Research to audit its data on two drug candidates, tasking the CRO with poring over its documents as it moves into late-stage development.
Astellas and CoMentis are calling it quits on their partnership in Alzheimer's disease, as the Japanese drugmaker walks away from a deal valued at up to $760 million.
Sanofi may be trailing in the sprint toward a herpes vaccine, but a new collaboration may give it the boost it needs to stay in the game.
Back in May, Johnson & Johnson's Janssen and California-based Aduro Biotech inked a $365 million deal centered on the former's vaccine technology as a treatment for prostate cancer. But J&J is convinced Aduro's platform has the potential to bolster its oncology pipeline in other areas, too.