Lotte Biologics Co. Ltd. said it partnered with domestic bioventure Kanaph Therapeutics Inc. to develop an antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) technology platform in hopes of rounding out a full, in-house ADC value-chain.
Kelun-Biotech Biopharmaceutical Co. Ltd. raised HK$1.36 billion (US$174 million) in an IPO in Hong Kong to support its push into the increasingly competitive antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) market in China.
South Korean pharmaceutical giant Yuhan Corp. gained Korea’s MFDS approval to expand indications for its potent oral third-generation tyrosine kinase inhibitor Leclaza (lazertinib) as a first-line treatment for EGFR T790M mutation-positive non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
The trophoblast cell surface antigen 2 (TROP2) class chalked mix news by way of Astrazeneca plc and Daiichi Sankyo Co. Ltd. as the pair disclosed phase III data from the closely watched Tropion-Lung 1 trial with datopotamab deruxtecan (dato-dxd) against non-small-cell lung cancer.
Privately held F-star Therapeutics Inc. and Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. have completed their third license agreement, one that could bring F-star about $1 billion. The new collaboration is focused on R&D against undisclosed cancer targets.
China’s Center for Drug Evaluation and South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety cleared Transcenta Holdings to begin phase III pivotal trials of osemitamab (TST-001) in combination with nivolumab and chemotherapy for first-line treatment of HER2-negative, Claudin 18.2 expressing locally advanced or metastatic gastric or gastroesophageal cancer.
Extending its efforts in the booming antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) space, Beigene Co. Ltd. tapped Duality Biologics Co. Ltd. in a deal that could be worth a potential $1.3 billion, picking up an option for rights to a preclinical-stage ADC candidate targeting select solid tumors. It marks the seventh $1 billion-plus ADC-focused deal so far in 2023 and the second for Dualitybio, which inked a potential $1.7 billion deal in April.
Nanjing Iaso Biotherapeutics Co. Ltd. and Innovent Biologics Inc. said on July 2 they gained China NMPA approval for the first self-developed and in-house manufactured CAR T therapy Fucaso (equecabtagene autoleucel) to treat relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma.
Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare approved Taiho Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.’s Lytgobi (futibatinib) for unresectable biliary tract cancer harboring fibroblast growth factor receptor 2 (FGFR2) gene fusions that has progressed after chemotherapy.