Whatever Cambridge, MA-based Millennium learned over the past two years it's been collaborating with Presage Biosciences, the experience must have been rewarding.
Just a few weeks after claiming success with a pair of late-stage studies of its prolonged dosing approach to diabetes, Boston-based Intarcia has followed up with a billion dollar-plus sized commercialization deal for ex-U.S. and Japan commercial rights with France's Servier.
As chronic liver disease numbers continue to skyrocket, diagnostics heavyweight GE Healthcare and Japanese-based Takeda are teaming up to develop new drugs to counter the trend.
The growing scourge of liver disease in the developed world has spurred a frenzied race among drug developers to ferret out new therapies, and Takeda, new to the field, has recruited the diagnostics experts at GE Healthcare to shepherd its early R&D efforts.
With former collaborator Astellas Pharma long since out the door, Aveo Oncology has found another partner willing to take a shot on the troubled tivozanib, signing a modest deal with Ophthotech to see how the cancer drug fares in eye diseases.
Charles River Laboratories has extended its partnership with CHDI Foundation, signing up for 5 more years of work spotlighting new treatments for Huntington's disease.
Many clinical trials rely on patient-reported outcomes to determine whether drugs are working, but with disparate methods employed across the industry, it can be difficult to compare the results from one study with those of another. With that in mind, the FDA has recruited CRO giant Icon to help develop an industry standard for patient polling in antibacterial R&D.
Four months after Bind Therapeutics lost marquee development partner Amgen, Merck has stepped up to take the Big Biotech's place in the lineup. The pharma giant, which has been investing heavily in its cancer drug pipeline, is turning over a pair of early-stage drug candidates to see if Bind's delivery technology can amp up their efficacy.
Just weeks ago Astellas teamed up with Harvard's Constance Cepko on a new program for a degenerative eye disease. Today it inked a deal with Proteostasis Therapeutics that could be worth up to $1.2 billion while getting Dana-Farber investigators to help hunt down new cancer drugs that can inhibit K-Ras.
The University of Manchester's North West Centre for Advanced Drug Delivery will study drug delivery topics in cancer and other diseases of interest to the AstraZeneca, in the latest example of the growing research collaboration between Big Pharma and academia.