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Posts tagged with "Clinical Trials"

  • Alzheimer's Disease

    More Rough Alzheimer’s News

    Man, Alzheimer’s. That’s my reaction to yesterday’s news in the field. Merck started things off with news of their last-ditch attempt to see if their beta-secretase (BACE) inhibitor verubecestat (MK-8931) could be useful. I’ve been writing about that one for a while – here’s 2012, when they announced that the com… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    Pay Your Money and Hold Your Breath

    In another example of the white-knuckle here-we-go nature of the drug business, Bristol-Myers Squibb announced this morning that they’re doing a huge deal with Nektar Therapeutics for their immune stimulant drug candidate, NKTR-214. Well, actually, they’re not getting the drug, because the development deal is non-exclusive. And theyR… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    Bristol-Myers Squibb Sows Confusion

    Yesterday was a weird day for Bristol-Myers Squibb. The company announced the results of a highly anticipated clinical trial, one combining Opdivo (nivolumab) and Yervoy (ipilimumab) in lung cancer patients. As those who follow this area know, BMS has been losing ground to Merck for the last year or two, as Merck’s Keytruda (pembrolizumab) ma… Read More
  • Clinical Trials

    A New Look at Clinical Success Rates

    Andrew Lo of MIT and his co-workers have published a really interesting paper on clinical trial probability-of-success numbers. It appears to be the largest such effort yet: In this article, we construct estimates of the POS and other related risk characteristics of clinical trials using 406 038 entries of industry- and non-industry-sponsored trial… Read More
  • Biological News

    The Landscape of Kinase Inhibitors

    I’ve been meaning to link to this article, which is the best overview I know of for kinase inhibitors. The authors (a large multicenter team led out of Munich) characterize 243 (!) kinase inhibitors that have made it into human trials across a very wide range of the known kinase enzymes, and the result is… Read More
  • Biological News

    CRISPR and Axovant: What the Market Thinks

    Let’s go to the NASDAQ for some insight on a couple of recent biopharma stories. First off is Axovant, a company that’s interesting in a number of distressing ways. I last wrote about them here, after their Alzheimer’s candidate came up short in the clinic, which was a development that surprised no one who had… Read More
  • Clinical Trials

    Not How You Speed the Process Up, Exactly

    Now, this truly does not sound like the way to run a clinical trial. Dr. William Halford of the Rational Vaccines company invited 20 patients to St. Kitts for a trial of a putative herpes vaccine. The consent forms explicitly stated that this was done to evade the jurisdiction of the US Food and Drug… Read More
  • Clinical Trials

    When Small Trials Convince

    This is a good piece by Bruce Booth in Forbes, and it points out something that’s changing in the biopharma landscape. Readers will have noticed over the years here the occasional eye-rolling at companies that run underpowered clinical trials and go to the FDA hoping for the best. That’s not a good place to save… Read More
  • Clinical Trials

    Silicon Stays in the Shadows

    I like this review, but I’ve seen it before. Well, not this exact manuscript, but every few years it seems there’s another one with a similar title, something about “Incorporating Silicon Into Drug Structures”. I am guilty of the exact same thing, though: here’s a blog post from 2004 on the topic, and here’s one… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    Mongersen Fails

    Readers may recall a post here last year about an odd trial of an antisense drug for Crohn’s disease. Celgene had acquired the drug (mongersen, GED-301) from Nogra Pharma of Ireland back in 2014 as a late-stage candidate, and for a while, things looked good. In fact, going back and reading the stories, you’d think that… Read More
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