New trial results presented by Shionogi & Co. Ltd. at the 32nd European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases showed the company’s 3CL protease inhibitor, S-217622, was well-tolerated, with the potential to rapidly clear SARS-CoV-2, Simon Portsmouth, executive medical director at Shionogi, told BioWorld.
After failing to meet primary safety and efficacy endpoints in a phase I/II trial for stroke, Teijin Ltd. and JCR Pharmaceuticals Co. Ltd. have terminated a co-development and Japan licensing agreement to develop JTR-161, an allogeneic regenerative candidate containing dental pulp stem cells.
Shionogi & Co. Ltd.’s plan to make ensitrelvir, an oral antiviral for COVID-19, the first domestically approved COVID-19 treatment has hit a snag. Animal studies showed the drug, also known as S-217622, disturbed fetal development, according to media reports.
Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare announced 2022 drug price revisions that became effective on April 1. Across the board, the cuts averaged about 6.6%, which translates to more than ¥600 billion (US$4.73 billion), and the pace of cuts is expected to accelerate. Price cuts in 2021 were worth roughly ¥430 billion.
The quixotic course of the cancer therapy Ontak continues with new top-line data from Citius Pharmaceuticals Inc. The company’s phase III study of I/Ontak (E-7777), a reformulation of previously FDA-approved oncology treatment Ontak (denileukin diftitox), was consistent with the prior formulation. No new safety signals were identified in treating persistent or recurrent cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.
Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare finished the first quarter – and Japan’s fiscal year – with a bang, handing out 32 approvals in the month of March. It marked a massive jump from previous months, which saw 13 products approved in February 2022 and 12 in January 2022. A total of nine products were approved in December 2021.
Elix Inc. has teamed up with Shionogi & Co. Ltd. to validate a retrosynthetic analysis model for drug discovery that will employ chemical reaction data from Shionogi to explore various routes to synthesizing new molecules.
Sanofi SA’s enzyme replacement therapy, Xenpozyme (olipudase alfa), has been approved for use in Japan, making it the world’s first and only approved therapy to treat acid sphingomyelinase deficiency (ASMD), also known as Niemann-Pick type B disease. Sanofi’s executive vice president and global head of R&D, John Reed, hailed it as a “watershed moment” that was the culmination of 20 years of research.
Regenerative medicine company Sanbio Co. Ltd. submitted its BLA for its lead mesenchymal stem cell-based treatment, SB-623, to Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for chronic motor deficit due to traumatic brain injury. The application was submitted through Japan’s Sakigake designation system.