The Dish’s Weekly Biotechnology News Wrap Up – June 17, 2016

This week’s biotechnology news headlines include, US panel backs approval of Merck’s infectious diarrhea drug, FDA approves PaxVax’s Vaxchora to prevent cholera, Shire buys bowel drug rights from Pfizer, Merck has agreed to purchase Afferent Pharmaceuticals, FDA to discuss two biosimilars, Roche backed researchers recruit immune system against cancer, and Missouri governor signs bill to create pathway for interchangeable biologic medicines.

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Progress in Continuous Biomanufacturing – June 27-28, 2016 – Robinson College, Cambridge, UK

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“U.S. panel backs approval for Merck infectious diarrhea drug,” Reuters

“Merck & Co’s experimental drug to treat the most common cause of hospital-associated infectious diarrhea warrants approval, an advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday.”

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“FDA approves PaxVax’s Vaxchora, grants voucher,” BioCentury

“FDA approved a BLA for Vaxchora (PXVX0200) from PaxVax Inc. (Redwood City, Calif.) to prevent cholera caused by serogroup O1 in adults aged 18 to 64 traveling to cholera-affected areas. PaxVax received a Priority Review voucher upon approval, as part of FDA’s neglected tropical disease voucher program.”

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“Shire buys bowel drug rights from Pfizer,” Reuters

“Irish drugmaker Shire Plc said it would buy the rights to an experimental bowel drug from Pfizer Inc to bolster its pipeline of gastrointestinal treatments.”

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“Merck to Bulk Up With Afferent,” TheStreet

“In its most sizable deal in over a year, Merck (MRK) has agreed to shell out as much as $1.25 billion for Afferent Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on drugs that treat various neurogenic conditions including the chronic cough.”

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“FDA to discuss Sandoz biosimilar, Valeant’s brodalumab,” BioCentury

“FDA scheduled advisory committee meetings to discuss BLAs for biosimilar etanercept (GP2015) from the Sandoz unit of Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS; SIX:NOVN) and brodalumab (KHK4827) from Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (TSX;VRX; NYSE:VRX).

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“Roche-backed researchers find a way to lure back immune system from cancer’s grasp,” Fierce Biotech

“Cancer cells have a nasty capacity to steer the body’s immune system to actually help them grow, stopping a key defense against cancer development–but researchers have now found a way to recruit the immune system back to its native side.”

If you like this story, please see our blog titled “New Poster: Proving Clonality – A Documented Clonality Report for Regulatory Submission

“Missouri Gov. Nixon signs bill ensuring patient access to interchangeable biologic medicines,” LifeScienceDaily

“The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) and the Missouri Biotechnology Association (MOBIO) applauded Gov. Jay Nixon (R-MO) on Wednesday for signing critical legislation to create a pathway for the substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines.”

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