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June 1, 2014
14:24 EDTTKPYY, JNJVelcade-based therapy 'significantly' improved progression-free survival
Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company (TKPYY) announced results from the primary analysis of an international, randomized Phase 3 study that showed treatment with a VELCADE, bortezomib-based combination therapy demonstrated a 59% relative improvement in the study’s primary endpoint of progression-free survival among previously untreated patients with mantle cell lymphoma, MCL, compared to treatment with a standard therapy. These data were presented today at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, ASCO. After a median follow up of 40 months, median overall survival, OS, a key secondary endpoint, had not been reached for patients who received the VELCADE-based therapy, while a median OS of 56.3 months was observed in patients treated with the standard regimen. Overall, among patients receiving VcR-CAP compared to R-CHOP, serious adverse events, SAEs, were reported in 38% vs. 30% of patients, and grade =3 adverse events were reported in 93% vs. 85% of patients. “The 59% relative improvement in progression-free survival, along with the trend suggesting improved OS with the VELCADE-based regimen, has the potential to represent a significant advance in the frontline treatment of mantle cell lymphoma for some patients,” said Michael Vasconcelles, MD, Global Head, Takeda Oncology Therapeutic Area Unit. “Patients with relapsed MCL have benefited from access to VELCADE therapy since 2006. We look forward to working with regulatory authorities to bring this new information to physicians and patients in the near future.” VELCADE is co-developed by Millennium/Takeda and Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies (JNJ).
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August 25, 2014
08:27 EDTJNJJanssen Affiliate Cilag acquires Covagen, terms not disclosed
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07:03 EDTJNJVIVUS acquires patents from Janssen Pharmaceuticals
VIVUS (VVUS) announced the acquisition of a group of patents from Janssen Pharmaceuticals (JNJ) covering uses of topiramate as monotherapy and in combination with other pharmaceutical agents to treat a variety of medical conditions. Janssen has agreed to dismiss the lawsuit it brought against VIVUS on August 22, 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. VIVUS will pay a one-time upfront fee and a royalty to Janssen on Qsymia product sales for an assignment of these topiramate-related patents owned by Janssen. VIVUS has an option to buy out the royalty for a predetermined amount.
August 21, 2014
05:42 EDTJNJIllumina 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.”
August 18, 2014
11:41 EDTJNJCubist rises after report sparks takeover interest speculation
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