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Astellas, ClearPath launch vaccines firm aimed at healthcare-associated infections

As healthcare-associated infections continue to burden the medical system and grab headlines, Astellas and ClearPath Development are forming a vaccines company looking to help tackle the issue.

Immunomic licenses allergy vaccine tech to Astellas for $300M

Astellas first joined forces with Immunomic Therapeutics in February, contributing $15 million up front for a vaccine against allergies caused by Japanese red cedar. Now, the duo is entering another partnership, with Astellas handing over $300 million up front for the exclusive license to Immunomic's LAMP-vax technology to develop vaccines for human allergies.

Japan's Astellas splashes out $300M for Immunomic's LAMP-vax platform

Japan's Astellas Pharma has splashed out $300 million to U.S.-based Immunomic Therapeutics for its LAMP-vax platform to treat or prevent allergic diseases, gaining exclusive global development and commercialization rights, according to a press release.

Astellas inks a back-loaded $515M deal to get its hands on a pain drug

Japanese drugmaker Astellas is expanding its pipeline of analgesics, signing a deal worth up to $515 million for the rights to a new treatment for nerve pain.

Xtandi marketer Astellas scrums with rugby partners for prostate cancer awareness

Astellas is partnering with both USA Rugby and the Australia Rugby Union for a new prostate cancer campaign. Though it's an unbranded push, the "Pass4Prostate" promotion fits right in with Astellas' stepped-up marketing of Xtandi, the prostate cancer med now approved for previously untreated patients.

Astellas, Medivation to amp up unbranded Xtandi marketing for pre-chemo use

Astellas and Medivation haven't been marketing Xtandi much for the pre-chemotherapy indication in prostate cancer it won last fall. Begun two months ago, the direct-to-consumer efforts--mostly in print--has appeared in journals such as  Patient Resourc e; it also includes some direct relationship marketing.

Astellas wagers $760M to launch an autoimmune biotech in Cambridge, MA

Japanese drugmaker Astellas is teaming up with a Swiss biotech to launch a joint venture focused on autoimmune disease, promising up to $760 million with an option to buy the new company outright.

Medivation's Xtandi sales fell short in Q1, but analysts say it's gaining on J&J;'s Zytiga

Astellas and Medivation may have disappointed analysts with their first-quarter Xtandi sales. But recent script numbers suggest the disappointment may be short-lived--and that the prostate cancer pill may be gaining ground on its head-to-head rival, Johnson & Johnson's Zytiga.

Astellas dives into immuno-oncology with a sweeping biotech deal

Japanese pharma giant Astellas is entering the booming field of immuno-oncology, pairing up with Cambridge, MA's Potenza Therapeutics to work on a wide variety of treatments that use the body's natural defenses to combat cancer.

Japan's Astellas, U.K.'s Potenza in immuno-oncology development deal

Japan's Astellas Pharma and U.K.-based biotech Potenza Therapeutics announced a R&D; effort into immuno-oncology therapies centered on checkpoint pathways, co-stimulatory signals and regulatory T cells that could lead to a buyout.