PERTH, Australia – With the approval of cystic fibrosis treatment Bronchitol (mannitol), Sydney-based Pharmaxis Ltd. joins a small group of elite Australian biotech companies to take their drugs all the way to FDA approval.
LONDON – Enterprise Therapeutics Ltd. has sold its TMEM16A cystic fibrosis portfolio to Roche Holding AG for an up-front payment of £75 million (US$96.9 million), with more to come on achievement of predetermined milestones.
As with many conferences, the Cleveland Clinic’s 2020 Medical Innovation Summit went virtual this year. Still, the event featured the hotly anticipated top 10 list of innovations for 2021 that saw a range of therapies. Ranked in order of expected importance, the list was led by gene therapy for hemoglobinopathies. The top three innovations, including a novel drug for primary-progressive multiple sclerosis and smartphone-connected pacemaker devices, were highlighted in a special presentation.
While its mRNA COVID-19 vaccination effort gets the most attention these days, Moderna Inc. is also moving in other directions as the company will lead mRNA discovery programs drawn from its early stage pipeline in new collaborations with Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Italy’s Chiesi Farmaceutici SpA. These two deals highlight the “huge opportunity for mRNA beyond SARS-CoV-2 and vaccines,” Piper Sandler analysts wrote Sept. 16.
Japanese researchers at the University of Kyoto have developed a small molecule-based approach to suppressing pseudo exon inclusion, which may lead to the first mechanism-based personalized treatments for pseudo-exon-type genetic diseases, notably cystic fibrosis, they reported in the September 8, 2020, edition of Cell Chemical Biology.
Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings Inc.’s lenabasum having failed its phase III test in diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis (SSc), attention turned to prospects with the cannabinoid receptor type 2 agonist for other indications.
Weeks after raising an oversubscribed $60 million series A, Affinia Therapeutics Inc., of Waltham, Mass., is collaborating with Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. in a far larger deal, one potentially worth more than $1.6 billion.
Privately held Recode Therapeutics Inc. brought in $80 million through an oversubscribed series A financing with plans to continue its preclinical work in primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) and cystic fibrosis (CF).
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. brought in $4.16 billion in product revenues in 2019, bolstered in large part by the late October approval of Trikafta, earning $420 million in the few weeks that remained in the year.