Capricor Therapeutics Inc. CEO Linda Marban said the company’s CAP-1002 for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) should serve as “adjunctive to any of the therapies out there” – a handful are approved – and bring bonus favorable effects on cardiac function that one analyst called “a one-two punch” against the disease.
Imugene Ltd.’s recent win with a patent granted in Japan with its HER-Vaxx immunotherapy, in development for HER2-positive gastric cancer, represented a smallish but significant win in the HER2/neu space, where plenty of other players are busy, with Greenwich Life Sciences Inc. a strong emerging name.
Astrazeneca plc and Merck & Co. Inc. have data for a new indication for their blockbuster PARP inhibitor class drug Lynparza (olaparaib) in advanced prostate cancer in combination with standard abiraterone therapy. The companies said the Propel phase III study testing Lynparza in combination with abiraterone showed a statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvement in radiographic progression-free survival in first-line metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer vs. standard abiraterone care.
Clinical updates, including trial initiations, enrollment status and data readouts and publications: Appili, Ascendis, Ayala, Bellus, Cytovation, Daré, Horizon, Immunocore, Nicox, Novan, Point, TFF, Valneva.
When an independent data monitoring committee told Immunocore Ltd. plc’s David Berman in November that tebentafusp had met a phase III study’s pre-defined boundaries for statistical significance in overall survival (OS) after its first pre-planned interim analysis, the head of R&D was shocked.
Cstone Pharmaceuticals Co. Ltd. released positive data from the phase III trial, Gemstone-302, of sugemalimab plus chemotherapy for the first-line treatment of patients with stage IV squamous and non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer.
Autumn's arrival in the Northern Hemisphere on Sept. 22 swept in significant news of progress for the global fight against COVID-19. A protein-based COVID-19 vaccine candidate from Clover Biopharmaceuticals Ltd. and Dynavax Technologies Corp. appeared wholly effective in preventing severe disease and hospitalization, sending Dynavax shares (NASDAQ:DVAX) climbing 26.5% to close at $18.79 on Sept. 22. In another study of Gilead Sciences Inc.'s Veklury (remdesivir), the drug significantly reduced hospitalization in high-risk patients with COVID-19. Meanwhile, governments and companies continued to expand efforts to supply new vaccines and therapeutics against the disease even as efforts continued far and wide to evaluate the efficacy of new and emerging candidates in both categories.
Clinical updates, including trial initiations, enrollment status and data readouts and publications: Clearside, Demerx, Hightide, Hoth, Hutchmed, J&J, Lyra, Moderna, Poxel, PTC, Rhovac, Small Pharma, Stoke, Vigeo, Zenith.
Despite Beyondspring Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s phase III study meeting its primary and key secondary endpoints of a plinabulin/docetaxel combination in treating non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), the company stock (NADAQ:BYSI) took a pounding. Shares sunk 32.9% on Sept. 20 to close at $15.36 each.