Cytomx Therapeutics Inc. CEO Sean McCarthy told BioWorld that the longish hiatus between deals broken by the tie-up with Astellas Pharma Inc. was “very deliberate. Over that period of time, we were generating our first clinical data to get experience with how the technology works in cancer patients with our first two lead programs,” both of which have reached the phase II stage. A year ago in January, he said, the South San Francisco-based firm brought aboard Chief Business Officer Nick Galli to “hit the gas pedal a bit more in business development,” which led to the signing with Astellas, of Tokyo. Shares of Cytomx (NASDAQ:CTMX) closed March 24 at $6.53, up $1.60, or 32%.
Cytomx Therapeutics Inc. CEO Sean McCarthy told BioWorld that the longish hiatus between deals broken by the tie-up with Astellas Pharma Inc. was “very deliberate. Over that period of time, we were generating our first clinical data to get experience with how the technology works in cancer patients with our first two lead programs,” both of which have reached the phase II stage.
Adaptimmune plc continued its bright start to the year by entering an alliance worth up to $897.5 million with Astellas Pharma Inc. to co-develop and co-commercialize stem cell-based allogeneic CAR T and T-cell receptor (TCR) cell therapies.
LONDON – Kandy Therapeutics Ltd. has announced positive results for its nonhormonal treatment for menopause symptoms, showing a reduction in the number of hot flashes and night sweats, and a positive effect on secondary endpoints relating to mood and quality of life.
Astellas Pharma Inc.’s early 2018 buyout of Universal Cells Inc. (UC) may have laid the groundwork for longer-range steps in allogeneic CAR T-cell therapy, but Xyphos Biosciences Inc. CEO James Knighton told BioWorld that the buyout of his firm provides the Tokyo-based giant for now with “an incredibly elegant solution that has tremendous potential.”
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.
Pandion Therapeutics Inc.'s deal with Astellas Pharma Inc. brings as much as $45 million in up-front money and payments related to research and preclinical activities, with potentially more than $750 million in development and commercial milestone rewards to come, plus royalties if products reach the market.
Shares of Seattle Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ:SGEN) rose 12.4% to $85.40 on news that an antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) it is developing with Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma Inc., when combined with Keytruda (pembrolizumab, Merck & Co. Inc.), shrank tumors in the majority of people participating in a phase I first-line bladder cancer study.