LONDON – Research and health emerged as the biggest losers following a marathon four days of negotiations by EU leaders on the bloc’s €1.1 trillion (US$1.3 trillion) 2021 - 2027 budget and the formation of a €750 billion (US$872 billion) pandemic recovery fund. Rather than €94.4 billion over the next seven years as proposed, the R&D program Horizon Europe, will get €80.9 billion.
HONG KONG- Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH and Roche Holding AG have announced new initiatives to seek R&D collaborations in China, increasing both their footprint in China and China’s global biopharma presence. Boehringer Ingelheim announced earlier this month the launch of an External Innovation Hub in Shanghai. Meanwhile, Roche China also launched a collaboration initiative this week to develop therapies for gastrointestinal cancer.
BEIJING – Suzhou, China-based Innovent Biologics Inc. is known in China as one of the first drugmakers to launch a PD-1 monoclonal antibody. Now, the company is moving to expand its product portfolio and enhance efforts in developing bispecific antibodies and cell therapies in a potential multibillion-dollar deal with pharma giant Roche Holding AG.
SUZHOU, China – Genome editing startup Edigene Inc. and CAR T developer Immunochina Pharmaceuticals Co. Ltd., both from Beijing, have unveiled joint efforts to develop an allogeneic CAR T therapy for cancer. Terms remain undisclosed.
LONDON – Leading genome sequencing groups are launching the first meta-analysis in the hunt for genetic factors that explain why some people have worse COVID-19 symptoms than others, after agreeing to share patient sequence data from around the world.
HONG KONG – Daiichi Sankyo Co. Ltd., Mitsubishi UFJ Capital Co. Ltd. and Nagoya Institute of Technology have kicked off research on a joint project for a gene therapy that could be applied to the restoration of vision.
LONDON – COVID-19 is posing a real threat to the viability of medical charities in the U.K., which collectively fund 17,000 scientists and invest more than £1.3 billion (US$1.6 billion) per annum in research.
The newest angle in the partnership between Johnson & Johnson and the U.S. federal government, part of the company’s $1 billion commitment to COVID-19 R&D, is designed to drive its lead candidate into the clinic by year-end and to increase its vaccine manufacturing worldwide.
LONDON – Sosei Heptares has added Genentech Inc. to the list of partners seeking access to its G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) expertise, signing a collaboration with a headline value of $1 billion with the Roche Group company.
DUBLIN – In what is a truly transformative deal for each company, Gilead Sciences Inc. and Galapagos NV are entering a 10-year research and development alliance under which Galapagos is getting $3.95 billion up front in hard cash plus another $1.1 billion in equity, in return for which Gilead will essentially have an option to ex-European rights on everything emanating from the Belgium firm's clinical and preclinical pipeline. That includes six clinical-stage programs, another 20 in preclinical research and whatever else Galapagos may bring forward – or bring in through its own business development efforts – over the term of the agreement.