San Francisco's Symic raised $25 million to fund its work on a pair of anti-inflammatory medicines targeting the extracellular matrix, recruiting Eli Lilly to lead the round as it works through clinical development.
Eli Lilly won FDA approval for a lung cancer treatment that posted only a marginal survival benefit in late-stage clinical trials, gaining clearance to treat a small population of patients with particularly serious disease.
Eli Lilly is partnering with CRO WuXi PharmaTech to develop a cholesterol-lowering pill in China, relying on local expertise in hopes of tapping a growing market.
China's WuXi PharmaTech and U.S.-based Eli Lilly plan to develop a candidate to lower cardiovascular risk in patients with dyslipidemia in China that will see the local firm carry the load on development regulatory approval and manufacturing, while the Indianapolis headquarter multinational focuses on sales and marketing.
Big Pharma has been dealing with government pushback over drug pricing. Now, Eli Lilly and Merck are joining Valeant in the hot seat as the U.S. Department of Justice probes the companies over how they report prices to government-funded drug programs.
Big Pharma has been getting it from all sides lately over drug pricing, with companies such as Valeant taking most of the heat as lawmakers, presidential candidates and the public weigh in on the issue. But now Eli Lilly and Merck are joining Valeant in the hot seat as the U.S. Department of Justice probes the companies over how they report prices to government-funded drug programs.
Novo Nordisk CEO Lars Rebien Sørensen speaks of stingy payers and global competition in the world diabetes market, while Sanofi told investors its diabetes drug sales will fall through 2018. But none of this has deterred insulin specialist Novo, which today kicked off one piece of a huge production buildup that all told will add more than 1,200 jobs to the drugmaker.
Drug R&D; is a tough business. The odds are almost always against success, and the price to be paid for being wrong is cruelly high. That said, it did seem a little harder than usual this year to...
Now that the theory of CETP inhibition has failed three giant late-stage tests, Merck says it will soldier on with one final, huge push for its cholesterol drug anacetrapib. But it's adding in a futility analysis, due by the end of the year, which could force a quick exit. And execs are clearly backing away from their earlier, and much more bullish, expectations.
John Lechleiter, chairman, president and CEO of Eli Lilly, and other executives on the third-quarter earnings call remained upbeat on Japan in the coming quarters, but provided no color on the expanded collaborations in China with Innovent and Yabao that have caught recent attention in Asia.