Finding the ultimate treatment for breast cancer is still a dream for all the pharma companies worldwide. At present, only hormonal therapy, Pfizer’s Ibrance, Eli Lilly’s Verzenio and Novartis’s Kisqali are available for breast cancer treatment.
Novartis has renewed its memorandum of understanding with the World Health Organization (WHO) to lengthen its drug donation for Egaten® (triclabendazole) to 2022 and continues its war against liver fluke. WHO lists Egaten as the only medicine for fascioliasis and also includes it in the Model List of Essential Medicines.
In a recent launch, Novartis’ Galaxies of Hope neuroendocrine tumor app received an additional bump from Apple. The “Featured App” status in the first week itself helped in receiving positive reviews and downloads for the community-building app.
On Sunday, at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s annual meeting, Novartis revealed the final outcome, showing that among patients with HR-positive, HER2-negative breast cancer, adding Kisqali to fulvestrant kept the disease away for eight months longer than fulvestrant alone.
Novartis’ Afinitor Disperz has become the first medicine to be specifically approved by US regulators to treat patients aged two years and above with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC)-associated partial-onset seizures.
Science 37, a trailblazing company focused on “site-less” clinical trials, announced today a strategic alliance with Novartis that will support the development of its new decentralized clinical trial (DCT) offerings. This three-year commitment will enable a more extensive portfolio of trials powered by the Network Oriented Research Assistant (NORA®), Science 37’s proprietary technology platform that enables patients to participate in clinical research regardless of their geographical location using mobile devices and telemedicine services.
BridgeBio Pharma today announced that it is has licensed infigratinib (BGJ398), a highly potent and selective inhibitor of the tyrosine kinase receptor FGFR, from Novartis. In addition, BridgeBio announced that it was launching new subsidiary QED Therapeutics to drive development of infigratinib with an initial financial commitment of $65 million.
Novartis announced the initiation of SURPASS, a head-to-head clinical trial of Cosentyx® (secukinumab) versus proposed biosimilar adalimumab** in ankylosing spondylitis (AS). SURPASS is the first head-to-head clinical trial in AS investigating superiority of Cosentyx in slowing spinal bone damage versus proposed biosimilar adalimumab**. SURPASS is currently recruiting patients, with the 'first patient first visit' already achieved in November 2017.
“The sale of the PRV provides us with an important source of non-dilutive capital to help advance our pipeline of rare and ultra-rare therapies, and accelerates the availability of these potential therapies to patients,” said Emil D. Kakkis, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer and President of Ultragenyx.
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