In a deal that could bring Avidity Biosciences Inc. $2.3 billion if all milestones are met, Bristol Myers Squibb Co. gained global rights to Avidity’s antibody oligonucleotide conjugates platform to advance up to five genetic cardiovascular targets. Avidity’s technology, which combines the specificity of monoclonal antibodies with the precision of oligonucleotide therapies, aims to address the root cause of diseases that are untreatable with current RNA therapeutics. Its lead internal programs are based on the targeted delivery of RNA into muscle.
More details of Novo Nordisk A/S’ phase III Select trial indicate that risk reductions in major adverse cardiovascular events were achieved regardless of age, gender, ethnicity and starting body mass index when obese and overweight patients were treated with Wegovy (semaglutide, 2.4 mg). Statistical significance was seen, however, only with the reduction of heart attacks and not other measures that were part of the trial.
For Verve Therapeutics Inc., the good news was the first human proof-of-concept data for a single-course in vivo base-editing treatment, presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions over the weekend, showed treatment with VERVE-101 led to promising dose-dependent reductions in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in patients with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia. The bad news was to be found in the safety data for the 10 patients treated to date, which included a myocardial infarction in one patient deemed potentially related to treatment.
South Korea’s Chong Kun Dang Pharmaceuticals Corp. said that it struck a deal potentially worth $1.3 billion with Swiss pharma giant Novartis AG for its CKD-510 candidate for neurological and cardiovascular diseases, propelling its shares upward 26.11% by market closing of Nov. 6. With the “largest ever” deal in its history, shares of the Seoul-based pharmaceutical (KOSPI:185750) on the Korea Exchange rose by 26.11%, or ₩26,500, closing at ₩128,000 ($98.70).
The latest firm to brave the rough IPO market, Lexeo Therapeutics Inc. made its Nasdaq debut after pricing about 9.1 million shares at $11 per share, raising proceeds of $100 million to advance its early clinical work on gene therapies for cardiovascular and neurological diseases.
The largest genetic analysis of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) carried out to date has identified almost 100 new risk variants linked to the disorder. The study also highlighted a possible therapeutic target for this pathology that, at the moment, has no treatment. AAA affects 4% of people over 65 years of age in the U.S. and causes 41,000 deaths per year. The incidence is three to four times higher in men than in women.
Most of the patients and advocacy groups speaking at the first of 10 public listening sessions questioned the Biden administration’s talking points that U.S. Medicare’s prescription drug price negotiation will be good for beneficiaries because it will improve access to costly drugs by lowering prices.
American pharma giant Bristol Myers Squibb Co. (BMS) will pick up the rights to Lianbio Co. Ltd.’s FDA-approved drug for obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopath, Camzyos (mavacamten), in six Asian countries by paying $350 million up front and waiving some outstanding payments.
Danish obesity and diabetes drugmaker Novo Nordisk A/S is set to acquire the Singapore-based KBP Biosciences Co. Ltd.’s hypertension drug, ocedurenone (KBP-5074), for potentially $1.3 billion, creating a platform to increase its reach in the cardiovascular (CV) landscape beyond a crowding obesity market.