U.K. biotech investment heavyweight Neil Woodford has invested $25 million in the U.S. biotech Northwest Biotherapeutics, gambling that its controversial Phase III study on a new therapeutic vaccine for brain cancer comes up a winner.
Anxious to prove that U.K. drug regulators aren't as slow and stodgy as they're often accused of being, British officials today announced the first in a new category of experimental drugs to earn the title of "Promising Innovative Medicine."
In recent years it's been the big biotechs in the U.S. which have registered approvals for the drugs most likely to succeed on the market. But in reviewing EvaluatePharma's recent picks for top Phase III drugs, it's interesting to see some prominent positions among the Big Pharma crowd. Read the full report >>
With the expected launch of Northwest Biotherapeutics' dendritic cell-based therapeutic vaccine DCVax-L, the glioblastoma multiforme drug market is expected to grow rapidly, from $305 million in 2012 to $583 million in 2019, according to market research.
The cancer vaccine field has seen its share of late-stage disappointments and outright flops, but a number of hopefuls are lining up to present new research backing their experimental shots at this year's upcoming American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting in Chicago.
A pair of biotechs will proceed with cancer vaccine studies thanks to recent recommendations from data-monitoring committees. Their announcements drew mixed results from investors, with Northwest Biotherapeutics' shares soaring and NewLink Genetics' sinking. But as they forge ahead, both companies will have to shake off the looming specters of failed cancer vaccine trials past.
Northwest Biotherapeutics announced that German health regulators have OK'd a special hospital exemption that allows the sale of its controversial--and unproven--dendritic vaccine for brain cancer for all glioma brain cancers.
Bethesda, MD's Northwest Biotherapeutics has watched as rivals Dendreon and ImmunoCellular have run into serious roadblocks with personalized cancer vaccines over the past year, but with a major Phase III study underway, the biotech believes it can change the narrative.
Another site in the U.S. has begun recruiting for a Phase II clinical trial of Northwest Biotherapeutics' DCVax-L personalized brain cancer vaccine for the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme.
After a two-year postponement, Northwest Biotherapeutics has started enrolling patients in a 240-patient clinical study of DCVax, its brain cancer vaccine. Previously, the trial had 33 patients and