Bluebird Bio Inc. has completed a rolling BLA filing of beta-thalassemia gene therapy beti-cel in the U.S., with analysts predicting that the Cambridge, Mass.-based biotech will have to shoot for a lower price tag after running into trouble with cost regulators in Europe.
Little more than six months after filing a BLA for the antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) tisotumab vedotin in recurrent or metastatic cervical cancer, Seagen Inc. and Genmab A/S have secured an accelerated approval for the medicine. The green light for the co-developed product marks Seagen's third approved ADC and Genmab's first marketed therapy, though another medicine based on its Duobody technology platform recently won approval, too. The new cervical cancer drug, to be marketed as Tivdak, was approved for the treatment of adults experiencing disease progression on or after chemotherapy.
Glaxosmithkline plc has won FDA approval to market Nucala (mepolizumab) for use in children as young as 6 with severe eosinophilic asthma (EA). The therapy already had FDA approval as an add-on maintenance treatment for kids with the same condition ages 12 and older. Approval of the sBLA, submitted last November, catches the U.S. market up to the EU, where Nucala has been approved as an add-on treatment for children ages 6 to 17 since August 2018.