In a Phase II trial, Celldex Therapeutics' cancer vaccine rindopepimut, or Rintega, helped recurrent glioblastoma patients who took it with Roche's Avastin survive a median of 3.2 months longer than patients who took Avastin alone.
AstraZeneca has detailed the data from two of three studies of its late-stage combination program for lesinurad, a new drug for gout obtained in their $1.26 billion buyout of Ardea, which showed that the treatment hit the desired biomarker for blood levels of uric acid as promised--but added today that it failed to actually reduce the rate of painful flare-ups of the disease for patients in the study.
Bristol-Myers Squibb has pulled the covers off of impressive Phase III data on Opdivo (nivolumab), pointing to a 73% survival rate among advanced melanoma patients after one year of therapy compared to 42% for the long-used chemo drug dacarbazine.
Myriad Genetics said results from a study of its myPath Melanoma test showed a 43% reduction in indeterminate diagnoses of skin cancer and nearly a 50% change by doctors in their treatment recommendations for patients.
Amgen and its Big Pharma partner AstraZeneca have roped in another round of promising Phase III plaque psoriasis data for their IL-17 blockbuster contender brodalumab, which beat Johnson & Johnson's big earner Stelara in a head-to-head study.
Shares of Threshold Pharmaceuticals jumped about 10% this morning on news that the FDA is granting fast-track status to TH-302, the company's sole therapy now in a pair of late-stage cancer studies.
Regeneron and its close partner Sanofi have cleared the final mid-stage hurdle for dupilumab in asthma patients, with several doses hitting the trial endpoint both for a subset of patients as well as the broad population. And the ambitious development team at Regeneron now plans to hustle into a pivotal late-stage program as they continue to make swift progress with a drug that promises to tackle a trio of conditions that share a core inflammatory trigger.
ArQule's badly battered shares managed a quick surge this morning on news that the biotech's lead drug tivantinib scored a positive outcome in a Phase II metastatic prostate cancer study.
Sage Therapeutics has successfully resolved a rare seizure disorder among the majority of patients in its small but closely watched Phase I/II study, adding more promising outcomes to the early evidence that helped inspire one of this year's most successful biotech IPOs. In the data update out Monday morning investigators say the 73% overall response rate in their study is also being mirrored among a small group of patients who are receiving the drug on an emergency-use basis.
After sending out signals that it might be running into trouble with a short-duration study of a new triple combination drug for its hepatitis C regimen, Merck investigators hailed the clear success of an 8-week test but confirmed analysts' fears in a batch of 4-week data released at the meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.