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August 21, 2014
05:42 EDTAZN, JNJ, ILMN, SNYIllumina announces strategic partnership with AstraZeneca, Sanofi, Janssen
Illumina (ILMN) announced it has formed collaborative partnerships with leading pharmaceutical companies to develop a universal next-generation sequencing, or NGS,-based oncology test system. The system will be used for clinical trials of targeted cancer therapies with a goal of developing and commercializing a multi-gene panel for therapeutic selection, resulting in a more comprehensive tool for precision medicine. Initial strategic partners include AstraZeneca (AZN), Janssen Biotech, a Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) company, and Sanofi (SNY). Illumina is working with the strategic partners to develop assays that detect and measure multiple variants simultaneously to support partners’ clinical trials, with the objectives of securing regulatory agency approvals and test commercialization. In parallel, Illumina is working with key thought leaders to set standards for NGS-based assays in routine clinical oncology practice, as well as to define regulatory frameworks to enable this new testing paradigm. Together, Illumina and its strategic partners aim to transition from single-analyte companion diagnostics to panel-based assays that select for “companion therapeutics.”
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December 19, 2014
15:18 EDTAZNAstraZeneca confirms FDA approval of LYNPARZA
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12:12 EDTAZNMyriad Genetics receives FDA approval of BRACAnalysis CDx
Myriad Genetics (MYGN) announced that it has received approval from the U.S. FDA for BRACAnalysis CDx to be used as the only companion diagnostic in conjunction with AstraZeneca's (AZN) drug Lynparza. Lynparza is the first poly ADP-ribose polymerase inhibitor for patients with germline mutations in BRCA1/2 advanced ovarian cancer who have had three or more lines of chemotherapy. BRACAnalysis CDx is Myriad's first FDA-approved companion diagnostic for use with a novel PARP inhibitor. BRACAnalysis CDx is a highly accurate molecular companion diagnostic test that identifies deleterious or suspected deleterious mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, using DNA obtained from a blood sample. BRACAnalysis CDx was proven in clinical studies to effectively identify patients with BRCA mutations who would be candidates for Lynparza. The approval of BRACAnalysis CDx demonstrates Myriad's commitment to developing companion diagnostics and is the culmination of an intensive, multiyear scientific collaboration with AstraZeneca to advance personalized medicine for women with ovarian cancer.
11:45 EDTAZNFDA approves Lynparza to treat advanced ovarian cancer
The U.S. FDA granted accelerated approval to Lynparza, a new drug treatment for women with advanced ovarian cancer associated with defective BRCA genes, as detected by an FDA-approved test. Lynparza is marketed by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, based in Wilmington, Delaware. Reference Link
11:08 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson receives positive CHMP opinion to extend Velcade indication
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December 17, 2014
09:04 EDTJNJHalozyme enters collaboration pact with Janssen for ENHANZE Technology
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09:02 EDTJNJHalozyme enters collaboration pact with Janssen for ENHANZE Technology
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08:06 EDTJNJInovio appoints Zane Yang as VP, Clinical Development, Oncology
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December 16, 2014
07:20 EDTJNJGeron announces early HSR clearance for collaboration with Janssen
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December 15, 2014
07:33 EDTAZNAdvaxis announces FDA acceptance of INDA to commence clinical trials of ADXS-HPV
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December 12, 2014
14:01 EDTJNJGenOn Energy to receive $3M milestone payment in Janssen collaboration
Genmab announced it has reached a milestone in its DuoBody technology platform collaboration with Janssen Biotech (JNJ), triggering a $3M payment. The milestone payment is for pre-clinical progress with a DuoBody product candidate targeting cancer. Today's news will not impact Genmab's 2014 financial guidance.
December 11, 2014
16:03 EDTAZNAmgen, AstraZeneca to present results from Phase 3 plaque psoriasis study
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07:28 EDTAZNCBI to hold a summit
2nd Specialty Data Optimization Summit is being held in Philadelphia on December 11.
December 9, 2014
11:19 EDTSNYSanofi reportedly ready to make acquisitions in animal medicine, Bloomberg says
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09:10 EDTAZNARIAD takeover rumors rekindled, Independent says
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08:02 EDTAZNMoventig approved in EU for opioid-induced constipation
Nektar (NKTR) reported partner AstraZeneca (AZN) announced that MOVENTIG has been granted Marketing Authorisation by the European Commission for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation in adult patients who have had an inadequate response to laxative. MOVENTIG is the first once-daily oral peripherally-acting mu-opioid receptor antagonist to be approved in the European Union.
07:44 EDTAZNAmerican Association for Cancer Research to hold a symposium
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05:50 EDTJNJPharmacyclics data demonstrates safety, durability response
New, 27-month IMBRUVICA median follow-up data announced by Pharmacyclics (PCYC) support the use of IMBRUVICA over longer periods of time in patients with relapsed/refractory mantle cell lymphoma, or MCL, an aggressive type of lymphoma. More than 30% of IMBRUVICA patients remained progression-free after two years with no new or unexpected adverse events occurring during that time. Nearly half of the 111 patients treated were still living at the time of the data analysis. A second Phase II trial looked at IMBRUVICA's efficacy and safety as a single-agent treatment for MCL patients who previously had received rituximab combination therapy and at least two cycles of bortezomib. IMBRUVICA combination therapy resulted in an 88% overall response rate in MCL patients with a complete response rate of 40%. IMBRUVICA is jointly developed and commercialized by Pharmacyclics and Janssen Biotech, a unit of Johnson and Johnson (JNJ).
05:43 EDTJNJPharmacyclics reports IMBRUVICA data shows 84% PFS rate at one year
Pharmacyclics (PCYC) announced new, longer term data in IMBRUVICA patients with relapsed/refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia, or CLL, including high-risk CLL patients with deletion 17p. Results from the Phase III RESONATE trial demonstrated an 84% progression-free survival, or PFS, rate in all patients with previously treated CLL or small lymphocytic lymphoma, or SLL, who received IMBRUVICA and a 94% PFS rate in patients who received only one prior therapy at 12 months. Separately, follow-up data was reported from Phase II RESONATE-17, or PCYC-1117, the largest prospective trial dedicated to studying CLL or SLL patients with del 17p. The data showed that IMBRUVICA was associated with an 83% overall response rate, or ORR, at a median follow up of 11.5 months. At 12 months, the estimated PFS was 79%. These results and additional data were presented here at the 56th American Society of Hematology, or ASH, Annual Meeting, highlighting IMBRUVICA's sustained efficacy in relapsed/refractory patients who have received at least one prior therapy. IMBRUVICA combination therapy resulted in an 88% overall response rate in MCL patients with a complete response rate of 40%. IMBRUVICA is jointly developed and commercialized by Pharmacyclics and Janssen Biotech, a unit of Johnson and Johnson (JNJ).
05:27 EDTJNJPharmacyclics IMBRUVICA Phase II combination data shows positive profile
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December 8, 2014
07:05 EDTAZNInnocoll appoints Tony Zook as CEO
Innocoll AG (INNL) announced that Tony Zook, formerly executive vice president, Global Commercial Operations, at AstraZeneca (AZN), has been appointed CEO effectively immediately. Michael Myers, will continue with the company as head of Portfolio Operations.
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