Lodo Therapeutics Corporation, a drug discovery and development company focused on identifying and producing unique, bioactive natural products directly from the microbial DNA sequence information contained in soil, today announced that it has formed a strategic drug discovery collaboration with Genentech, a member of the Roche Group.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued two Complete Response Letters (CRLs) to South Korean manufacturer Celltrion. One was for a proposed biosimilar for Genentech and Biogen’s Rituxan for lymphomas and leukemias, and a proposed biosimilar to AbbVie’s Humira for rheumatoid arthritis, plaque psoriasis, Crohn’s disease and other autoimmune disorders.
Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY), today announced that the Phase III IMpower131 study met its co-primary endpoint of progression-free survival (PFS) and demonstrated that the combination of TECENTRIQ® (atezolizumab) plus chemotherapy (carboplatin and ABRAXANE® [albumin-bound paclitaxel; nab-paclitaxel]) reduced the risk of disease worsening or death (progression-free survival; PFS) compared with chemotherapy alone in the initial (first-line) treatment of people with advanced squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Safety for the TECENTRIQ and chemotherapy combination appeared consistent with the known safety profile of the individual medicines, and no new safety signals were identified with the combination. At this interim analysis a statistically significant overall survival (OS) benefit was not observed and the study will continue as planned. These data will be presented at an upcoming oncology congress.
Two months after expanding a licensing deal with Genentech, privately-held Arvinas LLC struck another lucrative deal with a major pharmaceutical company. Connecticut-based Arvinas inked a deal with Pfizer worth up to $830 million to develop small molecules that can degrade proteins.
Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY), announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted full approval for Avastin® (bevacizumab) for the treatment of adults with glioblastoma that progressed following prior therapy (referred to as recurrent disease). Avastin was previously granted provisional approval in this setting under the FDA's accelerated approval program.
On Friday, November 17, Genentech, a Roche company, sued Pfizer in a federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, over Pfizer’s biosimilar for Genentech’s Herceptin. Genentech is claiming that Pfizer’s proposed biosimilar infringes 40 of its patents. Genentech also is demanding compensation for lost sales if Pfizer launches its copycat version before the Herceptin patents expire.
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