A research team led by Yokohama City University and Toyama Chemical Co Ltd in Japan has developed a small compound named edonerpic maleate that showed enhanced recovery of motor function after brain damage in animal trials.
EIP Pharma raised $20.5 million series B funding to support Neflamapimod, the phase 2b program of its Alzheimer treatment. The funding is also to build the team and to support other research studies related to central nervous system disorders.
South Korean pharmaceutical firm Hanmi Pharmaceutical is expected to cease development of Olita, a lung cancer treatment, following its slow progress in clinical trials and cancellation of licensing deals with foreign drug makers.
AstraZeneca and Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., US (Merck: known as MSD outside the US and Canada) today presented data from the Phase III OlympiAD trial, showing the final overall survival (OS) results for LYNPARZA®(olaparib) in metastatic breast cancer at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting in Chicago, April 14-18, 2018.
Pfizer Inc. has initiated a Phase 1b clinical trial for its mini-dystrophin gene therapy candidate, PF-06939926, in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The first boy received an infusion of the mini-dystrophin gene on March 22nd, administered under the supervision of principal investigator, Edward Smith, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at Duke University Medical Center.
Based on the recommendation of the DMC, the trial will continue to evaluate progression-free survival (PFS), which is a secondary endpoint. Results from KEYNOTE-042 will be presented at an upcoming medical meeting and submitted to regulatory authorities worldwide.
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALNY), the leading RNAi therapeutics company, announced that the Company presented new results from the APOLLO Phase 3 study of patisiran, an investigational, RNAi therapeutic for the treatment of hereditary ATTR (hATTR) amyloidosis at the 16th International Symposium on Amyloidosis (ISA), being held March 26-29, 2018 in Kumamoto, Japan. In addition, the Company presented new data from the Phase 1 study of ALN-TTRsc02, an investigational, subcutaneously administered RNAi therapeutic in development for the treatment of ATTR amyloidosis.
Sequoia China has powered Adagene to a $50 million series C round. The investment positions the Chinese antibody discovery shop to move the most advanced assets in its oncology pipeline into human testing.
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