Tag Archives: AstraZeneca PLC

Liquid biopsy for cancer detection catching on fast. You choose: simple blood test, or invasive solid tissue sample?

The News: Until recently, cancer detection depended on invasive solid tissue sampling that didn’t provide a complete picture. Now, a budding cluster biotechs is making it easier to detect cancer… Read more »

Breakthrough gene editing reported that removes deadly embryonic mutations; biotech licks its chops as stakes are incalculable for ensuing blockbusters.

The News: Scientists have modified human embryos to remove genetic mutations that cause heart failure in otherwise healthy young people in a landmark demonstration of the controversial procedure, The Guardian… Read more »

Update: CDC data say docs still making billions from Pharma, med device companies; my personal take.

The News: It’s been a few years since the US government unveiled its Open Payments (OP) database, a collection of drug and device makers’ payments to healthcare providers. The data-collection… Read more »

Tesaro says it’s for sale, but who can afford it

The News: Just ahead of the year’s biggest download of cancer data, the maker of a closely watched drug has put itself up for sale, according to The Wall Street… Read more »

What’s wrong with Novartis? Actually nothing.

The News: Novartis AG (Basel CHE) has been the subject of widespread and lingering chatter to the effect that its stature among the Big Pharma league players has diminished, and… Read more »

Merck’s Keytruda gets chemo-combo approval for lung cancer; science, stars align for multi-billion medicine

The News: Merck & Co. announced Wednesday (May 10, 2017) that the FDA awarded accelerated approval to Keytruda (pembrolizumab), in combination with Eli Lilly & Co.’s chemotherapy regimen Alimta (pemetrexed)… Read more »

China’s FDA approves AstraZeneca’s lung-cancer drug in new “fast-track” program; European drugmakers beating US to world’s biggest drug market

The News: AstraZeneca PLC (London) has won approval for its lung-cancer pill Tagrisso in China, a key market for the potential blockbuster medicine. Tagrisso is designed to help cancer patients… Read more »

Indy’s Eli Lilly making noise with cancer push; Brickyard neighbor revving its drug-discovery engine

I’ve been to the headquarters of Eli Lilly & Co.–about 15 minutes (or about 5 miles) from the “Brickyard” where the Indianapolis 500 is run each year. The racing is… Read more »

Bristol-Myers plunges, Merck buoyed on cancer-drug news; is it still dash for cash, or race to nowhere?

The News: Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (New York City) won’t seek accelerated approval of its immunotherapy drug Opdivo for lung cancer, confirming that Merck & Co. (Kenilworth NJ) will have a huge head start… Read more »