Drug development

Genomics has the potential to significantly improve the efficacy of drugs and develop targeted therapies.

Takeda Divests Drugs to Novartis and Ethicon for $5.3 Billion

Takeda Pharmaceutical has announced the sizeable first sale in its proposed £10 billion-worth of assets to offset the debt it took on during its acquisition of Shire. The company announced it was divesting eye drug Xiidra to Novartis for $5.3bn total, and its TachoSil Fibrin Sealant Patch to Ethicon for $400 million in case.

Patients with Rare Diseases Identified Through Genomics England’s Discovery Forum

Two companies with access to data from the 100,000 Genomes Project have identified patients with previously undiscovered life-threatening kidney and neurological diseases. The companies, Alexion and BioMarin, were part of Genomic England’s Discovery Forum, which grants certain industry research proposals access to data from the project after vetting.

Two Studies Find Reasons for IO Drug Resistance

Two separate studies have uncovered insights into why checkpoint-inhibiting immune-oncology (IO) drugs only work for a minority of patients, even when combined with other treatments. The first study uncovered a resistance mechanism within the gut microbiome, while the other relates to cancer cell-produced vesicles.

nQ Medical Wins “Most Innovative Breakthrough” Prize at D4 Conference

Out of a whole host of engaging and enjoyable moments at Front Line Genomics’ recent Data Driven Drug Development (D4) conference, held in Boston on 20-21 March, one of the most memorable was definitely the triumph of nQ Medical in our innovation showcase, beating out three other contenders for the claim to be “most innovative” of the technologies on display.

“Trojan Horse” Antibody to Treat Cancers Reaches New Test Stage

Toxic antibody tisutumab vedotin (TV) has shown promise as a treatment for a number of types of advanced cancer. This “trojan horse” approach has now reached the stage of being tested on a wider variety of patients. Institute of Cancer Research and Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust researchers tested the drug on 147 patients to evaluate potential benefits and side effects.

J&J is First Pharma Giant to Advertise Drug Prices on TV

Johnson and Johnson has vowed to become the first pharmaceutical giant to add its medicine prices to television adverts, starting in March 2018. The company said it will list not only product price before rebates or discounts, as well as potential out-of-pocket costs which patients will pay.

Festival of Genomics 2019 – Festival Highlights

With so many talks and panels occurring across our four stages and Live Lounge, we understand that it can be pretty hard to pick out the most unmissable discussions at the festival this year. Given the conundrum, we thought we’d help out! We’ve selected a couple of talks and panels occurring across the two days which we think will be incredibly interesting and enormously informative for a whole range of people.

Hepatitis Drug Could Help Delay Progress of ALS

Telbivudine, a drug currently in use for treating patients with hepatitis, could be of use in significantly slowing the progression of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), scientists from the University of Alberta have announced.