A rash of recent announcements in the diabetes market speak to the brisk pace of developments and keen competition in the field. Dexcom Inc. reported good news in the U.K. and Europe, offset by delays in the U.S., while Insulet Corp. gave investors assurance that it was moving full speed ahead in the release of its Omnipod artificial pancreas system. On the pharma side, Arecor Therapeutics plc signed a contingent agreement to acquire Tetris Pharma Ltd. and commercialize Ogluo in the U.K., E.U. and other countries.
Eurekare SA, a technology commercialization and investment firm, has opened the doors to the first of a number of biotech “studios” it is setting up to hothouse synthetic biology and microbiome companies formed around intellectual property sourced from universities across Europe. It’s the most recent step forward in Eurekare’s ambition of creating a pan-European network for identifying, selecting and nurturing high quality European science in these two fields, which in the opinion of the firm’s founders, is at the same time of very high quality and seriously under-exploited.
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s Amvuttra (vutrisiran), a treatment for the rare disease hereditary transthyretin-mediated amyloidosis, was among medicines recommended for approval by regulators from Europe’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) in a busy sitting.
The U.K.’s competition watchdog has found that a subsidiary of Pfizer Inc. and a generics firm jacked up the price of a life-saving epilepsy drug by up to 2,600%, fining them a total of £70 million (US$83.72 million). The Competition and Markets Authority’s decision is part of a long-running dispute against subsidiary Pfizer Ltd. and the generics firm Flynn Pharma Ltd.
Oxford Science Enterprises, an independent investor specializing in building companies through its relationship with the U.K.’s University of Oxford, has raised a further £250 million (US$300 million) to translate academic research into commercial products and businesses.
It’s a delicate time in Europe, where the recovery from the pandemic has been stifled by the war on its doorstep in Ukraine. Although the crisis caused by the Russian invasion is dominating the short-term political agenda, there are serious concerns about Europe’s long-term economic prospects and whether its research-led industries are falling by the wayside.
Amid the ongoing war Russia is waging in Ukraine, representatives of several Western biopharma and medical device companies met with Russian health officials this week to discuss an uninterrupted drug supply, maintenance of medical equipment in Russia and software updates.
Agomab Therapeutics NV raised $40.5 million in a series B extension led by Pfizer Inc., which has also come on board as an adviser on the development of AGMB-129, Agomab’s candidate therapy for fibrostenotic Crohn’s disease. The new cash raises the series B total to $114 million.
European regulators and health experts have recommended a second booster dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for people between 60 and 79 years of age and for vulnerable people with medical conditions, as Moderna Inc. filed fresh data from its omicron subvariant-adapted shot.