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Largest Psoriasis Meta-Analysis to Date Yields New Genetic Clues

It’s one of the most common immune-mediated diseases in the U.S., causing red, patchy and scaly marks on the skin. Yet the 1 to 2 percent of the population who have psoriasis are still left to wonder why. A new study builds on the genetic architecture of psoriasis, the next …

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Pierre Fabre Buys Promising Assets from Igencia in the Field of Immuno-Oncology

CASTRES, France–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pierre Fabre, the 2nd largest French private Pharmaceutical group, today announced the signature of a definitive purchase agreement to acquire several assets from the biotechnology company Igenica Biotherapeutics, based in Burlingame, California, USA. The agreement includes innovative immunotherapies targeting immune checkpoints that may reverse the resistance to existing …

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Regeneron and Sanofi Announce FDA Approval of Kevzara for Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) and Sanofi today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of Kevzara® (sarilumab) for the treatment of adult patients with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who have had an inadequate response or intolerance to one or more disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), …

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FDA Grants Accelerated Approval to Merck’s Keytruda for Solid Tumors with Specific Biomarkers

KENILWORTH, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new indication for KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab), the company’s anti-PD-1 therapy. KEYTRUDA is now indicated for the treatment of adult and pediatric patients with unresectable or metastatic, …

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Bioverativ to Acquire Rare Disease Biotech True North for $400 Million Upfront

WALTHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bioverativ Inc. (NASDAQ: BIVV), a global biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative therapies for hemophilia and other rare blood disorders, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire South San Francisco-based True North Therapeutics, a privately-held, clinical-stage rare disease …

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FDA Approves Genentech’s Actemra for Treatment of Giant Cell Arteritis

South San Francisco, CA — May 22, 2017 — Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY), announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Actemra® (tocilizumab) subcutaneous injection for the treatment of GCA, a chronic and severe autoimmune condition. Actemra is the …

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Two Biomarkers Appear to Predict Course of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

ATS 2017, WASHINGTON, DC — Two T cell biomarkers appear to predict the survival trajectory of patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a lung disease that has a varied, but ultimately devastating, impact on patients, according to new research presented at the ATS 2017 International Conference. T-cells marshal the body’s …

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One in Five Cancers Diagnosed in the United States is a Rare Cancer

About one in five cancer diagnoses in the United States is a rare cancer, according to a new American Cancer Society report. The report, appearing in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, finds rare cancers account for more than two in three …

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Shire’s Hemophilia Candidate Using Xenetic Technology Platform Fails in Phase 1/2 Trial

LEXINGTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Xenetic Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:XBIO) (“Xenetic” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, research and development of next-generation biologic drugs and novel orphan oncology therapeutics, announced today that it has received an update on the Phase 1/2 clinical study conducted by its partner Shire, evaluating …

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Nektar and Takeda Enter Research Deal Exploring Combination Cancer Therapy Approaches

SAN FRANCISCO, May 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ: NKTR) announced today that Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE: 4502) and Nektar have entered into a research collaboration to explore the combination of Nektar’s lead immuno-oncology candidate, the CD122-biased agonist NKTR-214, with five oncology compounds from Takeda’s cancer portfolio.  The …

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