Genmab A/S, of Copenhagen, Denmark, said it intends to file a BLA with the U.S. FDA for its subcutaneous bispecific antibody epcoritamab, for patients with relapsed/refractory large B-cell lymphoma in the second half of 2022.
Pfizer Inc. and Biontech SE have signed a deal with the U.S. government to supply up to 300 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in a deal worth more than $3.2 billion. Depending on the U.S. FDA, the vaccine doses fulfilling the order may include the companies’ omicron-adapted candidate, which they reported June 25 demonstrated a high immune response against the omicron BA.1 subvariant of SARS-CoV-2, when given as a fourth booster.
The U.S. FDA has put five phase III studies of Sanofi SA’s potential multiple sclerosis and myasthenia gravis blockbuster tolebrutinib on partial clinical hold after several cases of liver injury were identified after exposure to the drug. Sanofi said new recruitment in the U.S. is paused and participants who have been part of the trial for fewer than 60 days should stop taking tolebrutinib, although those taking the drug for longer can continue.
Shares in Ipsen SA edged higher June 29 after the firm announced it had refiled its palovarotene NDA with the U.S. FDA for the ultra-rare disease fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva. The regulator granted a six-month priority review for the drug, which was once written off and had its FDA filing pulled in 2021 after officials asked for further analyses and data.
Spero Therapeutics Inc.’s oral antibiotic, tebipenem Hbr, has been rejected by the U.S. FDA for adults with complicated urinary tract infection, after the regulator said a further trial is needed for approval.
New data confirming that Gilead Sciences Inc.’s Hepcludex (bulevirtide) effectively cures hepatitis delta virus (hepatitis D), one of the most severe viral infections of the liver, and favorable phase III results from Madrigal Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) contender were among the highest-profile scientific announcements at the International Liver Congress (ILC) 2022.
Although there has been huge progress in treatment of cystic fibrosis over the last decade, with Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. becoming the first to address the underlying cause of the disease with its Kalydeco (ivacaftor), approved in 2012, there are still many patients who aren’t eligible for treatment.
The first gene therapy to treat severe hemophilia A was among the drugs recommended for European approval by regulators from the EMA’s CHMP at its monthly meeting. Manufactured by Biomarin Pharmaceutical Inc., Roctavian (valoctocogene roxaparvovec) was recommended for conditional marketing authorization in the EU for severe hemophilia A in adults who do not have factor VIII inhibitors and no antibodies to adeno-associated virus serotype 5.
While the biopharma industry was widely praised for its fast response to the COVID-19 pandemic, moves are afoot to ensure that the world is better prepared in case another pandemic hits. Moderna Inc. was one of the companies that blazed a trail in the early stages of the pandemic with its revolutionary mRNA vaccine. Now the firm is investing in manufacturing and R&D in the U.K. to make good on a pledge to respond to the next global disease threat within 100 days of its detection.
In the last decade, Bayer AG and Novartis AG have shown that radiopharmaceutical technology can produce marketable drugs, with Xofigo (radium-223 dichloride) and Lutathera (lutetium [177Lu] oxodotreotide), respectively approved for prostate cancer and neuroendocrine tumors.