Among all the pharma companies, Novo Nordisk always stood out for its relentless R&D focus on diabetes and obesity. Today, the Danish company amped up that concentration another notch, jettisoning a group of clinical programs and winding down its work in anti-inflammatory treatments. And the pharma player added that the move would hit some 400 staffers, with close to half likely to lose their jobs at Novo.
German CRO Cenix BioScience has signed a deal with a BASF subsidiary to help ferret out new biomarkers, focusing on the growing field of metabolomics.
Cancer Research UK has enlisted contract drugmaker Onyx Scientific to pitch in on some of its early research projects, handling development and manufacturing for clinical trials.
Boehringer Ingelheim said it will end research into developing a porcine circovirus type 2 ready-to-use vaccine combination to focus its attention on its PCV2 Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae vaccine.
With its big claims about how artificial intelligence can slash drug development timelines and a lead candidate based on a coenzyme best known as a dietary supplement, Berg is always likely to provoke skepticism. But the company is sticking to its guns, with President and CTO Niven Narain pointing to early drug discovery successes as evidence of its legitimacy.
Late on Monday evening Exelixis put out the word that its crucial late-stage study of cabozantinib flunked a comparison study with prednisone for castration-resistant prostate cancer, triggering a restructuring that will eliminate 70% of the jobs at the biotech.
Amazon is the latest tech giant to consider expanding into healthcare, but details of the online retailer's plans are sketchy.
The development team from Sanofi and Regeneron journeyed to the ESC Congress in Barcelona this weekend to detail the impact their late-stage PCSK9 drug alirocumab has on bad cholesterol, drawing some high-profile attention for a batch of preliminary numbers suggesting a trend toward lower cardiovascular risks.
Novartis told the world back in March that its experimental heart drug LCZ696 had delivered the goods early in a pivotal study, allowing for a quick wrap of the Phase III trial. And today the pharma giant painted in the numbers, completing the late-stage picture for a closely watched therapy that has the potential to rival the most successful drug franchises now on the market.
GlaxoSmithKline's vaccine candidate for the deadly Ebola virus is ready to roll in human trials.