Health technology and clinical wearables are hot topics in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. They are creating waves of excitement and talking points for debate, while also topping many of the healthcare trends of this year.
Novo Nordisk has moved into sickle cell disease through a licensing deal (PDF) with EpiDestiny. The $400 million deal gives Novo worldwide rights to an epigenetic treatment of the disease that is closing in on the start of a phase 2 trial.
Ferring Pharmaceuticals* and Rebiotix Inc. today announce that they have agreed to the acquisition of Rebiotix by Ferring. This acquisition brings together two innovative healthcare companies that share a common commitment to exploring and understanding the human microbiome to develop new solutions for patients.
Macrolide Pharmaceuticals, a next-generation antibiotics company developing macrolides that are first-in-class with Gram-negative activity for a broad range of multi-drug resistant bacterial infections, announced that Mahesh Karande has joined the company as President and CEO. The company is also pleased to announce the completion of a $20 million financing led by current investors Advent Life Sciences, Gurnet Point Capital, Novartis Venture Fund, Roche Venture Fund and SR One.
The first quarter of 2018 was light on mergers and acquisitions compared to previous quarters, but those that did crop up were significant, including major companies like Fitbit, Allscripts, Roche, and Johnson & Johnson.
Global pharmaceutical company Mylan N.V. (MYL) today announced that it will introduce in the U.S. a third cost-saving HIV combination. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Symfi™ (efavirenz, lamivudine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) 600 mg/300 mg/300 mg tablets, a once-daily, single-tablet regimen (STR), indicated as a complete regimen for the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infection in adult and pediatric patients weighing at least 40 kg.
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