LONDON – Sosei Heptares has attracted a third pharma partner to its G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) discovery platform, signing a potential $1 billion-plus deal with Abbvie Inc. in inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.
An experimental gene editing therapy for an inherited form of blindness has become the first in vivo CRISPR medicine to be administered to patients, according to Editas Medicine Inc. and its partner, Allergan plc, which licensed the candidate in 2018.
The pending Abbvie Inc. merger with Allergan plc, expected to close in the first quarter, brought good tidings to another “A” company on Monday, allowing Astrazeneca plc to regain global rights to its late-stage Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC) drug, brazikumab, an anti-IL-23 therapy that was out-licensed to Allergan in a $1.27 billion deal in 2016.
After a flurry of activity in December, when the FDA approved seven new molecular entities (NMEs), the total of novel drugs that were given the green light this year reached 48, a number that ranks third behind the record 59 new medicines the agency approved last year and 53 in 1996.
CEO David Giljohann said the first indication in Exicure Inc.'s deal with Allergan plc is antigenic alopecia, but his firm doesn't "have anything else to disclose yet" about other hair loss diseases that the pact will include.
DUBLIN – Shareholders in Allergan plc voted with alacrity to approve Abbvie Inc.'s $63 billion takeover of the Botox maker at an extraordinary general meeting in Dublin Monday. Investors voted 99.64% in favor, with just .36% voting against. Although the outcome was never in any doubt, an unexpected, last-minute €572 million (US$631 million) charge on the transaction, courtesy of the Irish government, is likely to have swayed all but the most hardened holdouts to cast their votes in favor of the deal, lest Abbvie were to get cold feet.