Allergan subsidiary gives Syndax rights to acute leukemia treatment | Teva seeks FDA approval of migraine drug | AstraZeneca submits lung cancer drug for approval
October 18, 2017
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Allergan subsidiary gives Syndax rights to acute leukemia treatment
Allergan subsidiary Vitae Pharmaceuticals granted Syndax Pharmaceuticals exclusive global rights to menin-MLL fusion oncogene inhibitors to treat patients with acute leukemia who have chromosomal rearrangements in the MLL gene. The deal grants Allergan $5 million upfront plus milestones and royalty fees.
BioCentury (10/17) 
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Teva seeks FDA approval of migraine drug
An FDA biologics license application was filed by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries for fremanezumab, a once-monthly subcutaneous injection being developed to prevent migraines.
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AstraZeneca submits lung cancer drug for approval
The FDA will assess AstraZeneca's Imfinzi, or durvalumab, as a treatment for locally advanced, stage 3, unresectable non-small cell lung cancer that has not progressed following platinum-based chemoradiation.
PharmaPhorum (U.K.) (10/17) 
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EMA gives PRIME status to Ignyta's solid tumor drug
The European Medicines Agency accepted into its PRIME priority medicines program Ignyta's entrectinib, which is being developed to treat adult and pediatric patients with NTRK-positive, locally advanced or metastatic solid tumors with disease progression after previous treatment and those with no other acceptable therapeutic options.
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FDA approves Phase IIb study of MiMedx's osteoarthritis drug
The FDA approved a Phase IIb study of MiMedx's investigational new drug Amniofix for osteoarthritis of the knee. The company anticipates the 318-patient clinical trial to start next quarter.
Reuters (10/17) 
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Suven obtains patent from Singapore for neurodegenerative disease treatments
Suven Life Sciences received a Singapore product patent to develop treatments for patients with neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, Huntington's and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
The Economic Times (India)/Press Trust of India (10/18) 
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Takeda enters liver disease deal with HemoShear
Takeda Pharmaceutical agreed to collaborate with HemoShear Therapeutics to discover, explore and develop targets for the possible treatment of liver diseases, including nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. The deal gives Takeda exclusive access to HemoShear's REVEAL-Tx platform for fatty liver diseases and grants HemoShear undisclosed upfront payments and research funding, plus $470 million in milestone payments and royalties.
BioCentury (10/17) 
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Follow-on funding brings in $80M for Abeona
A follow-on funding raised $80 million for Abeona Therapeutics. The company has an ongoing Phase I/II study of its mucopolysaccharidosis IIIA candidate ABO-102 and plans to initiate a late-stage study of EB-101 for the treatment of recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa by next year.
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Food & Agriculture
Will gene editing revolutionize food production?
Gene editing -- a practice that lets scientists add or subtract traits without introducing foreign DNA -- could be a key to feeding the world, according to top executives from Monsanto and DowDuPont. "We can do in six months now what used to take us six or seven years," said James Collins Jr., chief operating officer of DowDuPont's agriculture division.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/15) 
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Industrial & Environmental
Researchers create renewable jet fuel from lumber waste
A research team at Washington State University created jet biofuel from lumber waste. The team demonstrated its work with an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Washington, D.C., last November.
Daily Evergreen (Washington State University) (10/16) 
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