As a growing roster of nations moves to protect individual genomic and other health data in the name of privacy under the General Data Protection Regulation in the EU and similar laws elsewhere, chief aggregators of such data, drug developers, are struggling.
With just 10% of therapeutic programs successfully moving from first toxicity dose to market, drug developers are on a constant hunt for new tricks to put the odds in their favor. Strategies abound, from biomarker-guided patient selection to deeper regulatory engagement. But big pharma executives and an academic expert weighing the challenge at the BIO International Convention said June 14 they see another tool slowly gaining traction with the potential to decrease timelines and boost chances for approval: in-silico modeling.
A lot of eyes are on the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference taking place in Geneva June 12-15, as member countries try to reach a consensus on a proposal that would allow certain members to waive intellectual property (IP) rights on COVID-19 vaccines for at least three to five years.
Daiichi Sankyo Co. Ltd.’s quizartinib met the primary endpoint of overall survival in the pivotal phase III Quantum-First study, which tested the addition of quizartinib to chemotherapy vs. chemotherapy alone for adults with newly diagnosed FLT3-ITD-positive acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
Hua Medicine Ltd. presented findings from two phase III trials of its first-in-class dual-acting glucokinase activator dorzagliatin that show the drug significantly improved early phase insulin secretion and glucose sensitivity in patients with type 2 diabetes, thereby restoring glucose homeostasis to treat the underlying cause of diabetes.
New and updated preclinical and clinical data presented by biopharma firms at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting, including: Akeso, Alphamab Oncology, Amgen, Ascentage, Astrazeneca, Bristol Myers Squibb, Carsgen, Cstone, Daiichi Sankyo, Eisai, Henlius, Immutep, Innovent Biologics, Jacobio, JW, Kyowa Kirin, MEI, Oricell, Takeda.
The world’s biggest cancer-focused conference began June 3 as more than 40,000 attendees are expected at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) annual gathering. The conference is being held in live in Chicago and is also available virtually. Among the more than 2,500 abstract presentations in about 120 subject subcategories are potential breakthroughs in treating non-small-cell lung cancer from Immutep Ltd., Cullinan Oncology Inc. and Surface Oncology Inc. Each company has seen upticks in their stock value, some as much as 10%, during the week as the conference approached and their data are presented.