Shares of Iterum Therapeutics plc (NASDAQ:ITRM) slid 36%, or $1.73, to close at $3.12 after the Dublin-based firm disclosed the much-anticipated but less-than-stellar results from the phase III trial called Sulopenem for Resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or SURE 3, testing oral and I.V. versions of the drug in complicated intra-abdominal infections (cIAI).
Shares of Equillium Inc. (NASDAQ:EQ) closed at $4.75, up 69 cents, or 17%, after trading as high as $5.25 as Wall Street hailed the FDA’s granting of fast track status to itolizumab – the first clinical-stage anti-CD6 therapy – for the treatment of lupus nephritis (LN).
Arqule Inc. CEO Paolo Pucci said the firm was “limited in what we can comment [on] for the time being” in connection with Merck & Co. Inc.’s deal to pay about $2.7 billion in cash for the company. “There is no better model for bringing a drug faster into the hands of patients and caregivers than the example of Keytruda. I will leave it at that.” Merck’s Keytruda (pembrolizumab), a human PD-1-blocking antibody was first approved in September 2014 for advanced melanoma. The label has been widely expanded since.
The “remarkably appealing” route of administration and every-three-month dosing put Ferring Pharmaceuticals SA’s nadofaragene firadenovec (rAd-IFN/Syn3, also known as Instiladrin) in strong position for approval in high-grade Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) unresponsive non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC).
In the summer of 2016, when Victoria, British Columbia-based Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. offered phase IIb results with its calcineurin inhibitor voclosporin in lupus nephritis (LN), Wall Street ignored the otherwise-positive results and zeroed in on the trial’s death rate: 13 casualties across three arms of the 265-subject Aura-LV study.
Bispecific: It might sound to some like a self-contained contradiction, as in “doubly singular” or “twice particular.” But if the word “specific” is taken in its primary meaning as “clearly defined or identified,” then the matter becomes clear – and, in the case of bispecific antibodies, it’s becoming clearer by the year.
Audentes Therapeutics Inc. CEO Matthew Patterson early last month characterized results with lead compound AT-132 in X-linked myotubular myopathy (XLMTM) as “unprecedented in neuromuscular disease,” and the value apparently wasn’t lost on Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma Inc., which signed a deal worth about $3 billion to take over the company. Shares of Audentes (NASDAQ:BOLD) closed at $58.93, up $30.32, or 106%, on word of the buyout – which pairs the two firms’ gene therapy expertise and is slated to close in the first quarter of next year – at a cost of $60 per share in cash.
<p>Shares of Audentes Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:BOLD) were trading pre-market at $58.97, up $30.36, or 106% on word of the takeover by Astellas Pharma Inc., which is paying $60 per share in cash for an equity value of about $3 billion.</p>
Commissioner of the FDA for five years starting in 1984, Frank Young relished his position “at the vortex of controversy” as he sought to deal with the AIDS crisis and public furor over drug tampering, said his son, Jonathan Young, co-founder and chief operating officer of South San Francisco-based Akero Therapeutics Inc.
Commissioner of the FDA for five years starting in 1984, Frank Young relished his position “at the vortex of controversy” as he sought to deal with the AIDS crisis and public furor over drug tampering, said his son, Jonathan Young, co-founder and chief operating officer of South San Francisco-based Akero Therapeutics Inc. Post-FDA, Frank Young would help grapple with the opioid epidemic as well – a scourge that began with the passage of the Compassionate Pain Relief Act (CPRA), passed the year he was appointed. Young, 88, died Nov. 24 of B-cell lymphoma.