Author Archives: Steve Walker

India’s huge pharma/consumer health market in crosshairs of world’s biggest drugmakers. China, Japan, Korea lurking as Asia joins fray with West.

The News: GlaxoSmithKline PLC‘s (London) Indian consumer health unit is drawing the attention of more big-name suitors as the magnitude of the potential there is coming into clearer focus. After… Read more »

Korean push into biotech space meant to challenge China, as ViroMed buys US plant for new gene-therapy development. High risk/reward bet, only for the brave.

The News: ViroMed Co. Ltd., the Korean biotech, has seen companies miss out on approvals for novel therapies because the FDA had problems with their manufacturing processes. With its first treatment… Read more »

ViiV Healthcare’s success with monthly combo HIV med making Gilead sweat over its HIV franchise. After World Cup fiasco, England chasing California in $$$$/rep race.

The News: GlaxoSmithKline PLC’s (London) ViiV Healthcare unit now has results to support a two-drug monthly injection co-developed with Johnson & Johnson (New Brunswick NJ) as it pushes ahead with its ambition… Read more »

Solution to China’s vaccine scandal now in the hands of rising blockchain maven VeChain. Buy a few tokens?

The News: A new production scandal has undermined Chinese citizens’ confidence in domestically made vaccines, and the tech community is suggesting the solution may lie in a highly touted technology: blockchain…. Read more »

Organoids have landed in Austria: New 3D-printed placenta poised to solve life-threatening questions. But a little too late after Dutch trial runs amok.

The News: Austrian researchers have created a miniature 3D model of the human placenta, which could help us understand the causes of pregnancy complications. The human placenta plays a vital… Read more »

Unknown Kentucky biotech Bexion tests new glioma med on first patients. Yes, it’s the same cancer Sen. McCain is fighting, and Round B funding is still open.

The News: Bexion Pharmaceuticals burst out of the shadows of near total obscurity last week as its investigational cancer treatment, BXQ-350, grabbed plenty of mainstream media coverage as a potential game-changer. BXQ-350 is… Read more »

Move over, Nasdaq: BeiGene’s mammoth IPO in Hong Kong sends message to biotech startups.

The News: Nasdaq-listed Chinese biotech BeiGene Ltd. (Beijing) has raised an astounding $903 million after pricing its secondary listing in Hong Kong–the first under new exchange rules–near the top of… Read more »

Forget about Biogen/Eisai’s promising new drug for Alzheimer’s; Study says aggressive blood-pressure treatment with existing meds reduces dementia/AD risk.

The News: After decades of prominent failures, hope arose for a drug to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). After heightening expectations recently, Eisai Co. Ltd. (Tokyo) and Biogen… Read more »

With a frenzy of popping corks and champagne toasts, Sangamo bags French biotech TxCell as Europe’s CAR T-cell science expanding into autoimmune disease. SGMA is a buy.

The News: Sangamo Therapeutics Inc. (Richmond CA) has acquired TxCell SA (Valbonne FRA) with a view toward utilizing its chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) technology to prevent organ transplant rejections and treat… Read more »