Veracyte Inc. reported new data showing its Decipher Prostate genomic classifier can help to identify patients with nonmetastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (nmCRPC) who are more likely to benefit from treatment with Erleada (apalutamide) in addition to androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT). The study is the first to demonstrate Decipher Prostate’s prognostic utility in men with locally advanced prostate cancer.
LONDON – The Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 originally identified in India is causing more serious illness and reducing the effectiveness of vaccines compared to the Alpha (Kent) variant, according to a nationwide study covering Scotland’s whole population of 5.4 million.
Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Cilag Ltd. pharma unit has phase III data from its project combining the oral blood cancer drug Imbruvica (ibrutinib) with its blockbuster rival, Venclexta (venetoclax), in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), which could give it an edge over competitors in the space.
Rapt Therapeutics Inc. CEO Brian Wong said RPT-193 monotherapy in atopic dermatitis (AD) “looks really promising, but there’s still quite a bit to learn” about the small molecule, designed to inhibit the migration of Th2 cells into inflamed tissues by blocking CCR4. Investors saw enough to push the shares of South San Francisco-based Rapt up 115.5%, or $21.45, to close at $40.02, after trading as high as $41.99 during the day.
New phase III data on Celltrion Inc.'s COVID-19 therapy, regdanvimab, showed it reduced the risk of hospitalization or death related to the disease for high-risk patients to 3.1% vs. 11.1% for placebo by day 28 of the study. The treatment also proved beneficial to participants across all risk categories, reducing their risk of hospitalization or death to 2.4% vs. 8% for placebo at the same time point.
Clinical updates, including trial initiations, enrollment status and data readouts and publications: Adamis, Astrazeneca, Celltrion, Daiichi, Eyegate, G1, Immvira, Novan, Novavax, Oxthera, Precigen, Roche, Scholar Rock, Terns, Tyme, Vertex, Zynerba.
Novavax Inc. reported an overall efficacy rate of 90.4% in a phase III trial of its COVID-19 protein subunit vaccine, NVX-CoV2373, which it conducted in the U.S. and Mexico. The vaccine provided 100% protection against moderate and severe disease and 100% protection against variants of SARS-CoV-2 deemed not to be of concern or interest. Gaithersburg, Md.-based Novavax is on track to file for approval during the third quarter. By the end of that period, it aims to ramp up production to a monthly run rate of 100 million doses and it aims to scale that to a monthly run rate of 150 million doses by the end of the fourth quarter.
Beigene Ltd. unveiled positive interim results from its Alpine phase III trial comparing its small-molecule BTK inhibitor, Brukinsa (zanubrutinib), to Abbvie Inc.’s Imbruvica (ibrutinib), lending validity to one of the company’s most important development programs.
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. said findings from its phase III Solstice study testing oral antiviral TAK-620 (maribavir) in treating solid organ transplant recipients with cytomegalovirus infections resistant or refractory to prior therapy (R/R CMV), showed twice the rate of confirmed CMV viremia clearance compared to other conventional therapies.