Roche inked a deal worth up to $555 million to work with India's Curadev Pharma on cancer treatments that use the body's immune system to combat tumors, expanding its trove of assets in one of the industry's hottest fields.
Sanofi has reached out to its French neighbor Innate Pharma to collaborate on armed antibody treatments, borrowing the biotech's technology to craft new treatments for cancer and inflammatory disease.
Japan's Senju Pharmaceutical has licensed U.S.-based Eyenovia's portfolio of microdosed ophthalmic treatments to develop and market throughout Asia. Financial arrangements were not disclosed, but the global market for such drugs is $19 billion.
The Center for iPS Cell Research Application (CiRA) of Kyoto University and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company announced a decade-long R&D effort to discover new applications for induced pluripotent stem cells in areas such as heart failure, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders and cancer immunotherapy, according to a press release.
Samsung, along with several other electronics conglomerates, is working to puzzle out what's next in mobile healthcare. A growing foothold in healthcare could aid these companies, which are vulnerable to the vagaries of eroding profit margins and rapidly evolving technology.
Swedish contract drug developer Recipharm has signed a deal with Virginia's Synthonics, investing in the biotech and lending its expertise in the development of new compounds.
Iris Pharma and Oculos Clinical Research, two CROs focused on the eye, have inked a strategic alliance to boost their profiles in the contracting world.
U.S. contractor Aptuit has signed a deal with Italy's Axxam to team up on early-stage R&D services, pooling their resources to better compete for projects.
TVM Capital Life Science moved quickly to tap a new $50 million venture capital fund with investment from Chinese partner Lummy Co. in a licensing deal for an oncology dendritic vaccine.
Alibaba Group Holding aims to ramp up fledgling online drug sales in China by placing online drug retailer Tmall under its listed healthcare unit in a shuffle estimated at $2.51 billion, the company said in a press release.