Roche Holding’s experimental drug etrolizumab did not fare well in late-stage clinical trials in treating people with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis, the Swiss drugmaker said.
Business updates for various pharma and life science companies around the globe.
Treatment with Stelara is resulting in positive outcomes for patients with Crohn’s disease, as Janssen Pharmaceutical said 79% of patients in a late-stage trial showed a clinical response to the medication and 67% were in clinical remission.
Humira’s dominance continues as the world’s top-selling prescription product as the biologic therapy is the first drug to exceed $20 billion in annual global sales.
The Nasdaq indicated that there was a record amount of biotech initial public offerings (IPOs) in 2018, totaling around $8.2 billion raised, breaking 2014’s record of $6.5 billion.
The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson announced new three-year data from the IM-UNITI study, which demonstrates the continued efficacy of Stelara (ustekinumab) in improving clinical remission rates and shows the drug to be generally well-tolerated in patients with Crohn’s disease.
Two years after forging a partnership to collaborate on microbiome targets for gastrointestinal disorders, France-based Enterome and Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical have entered into a second agreement, this time with a specific focus on Crohn’s disease.
Shares of South Korea-based Celltrion were down more than 5 percent after the company announced it received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration after the regulatory agency inspected a company drug manufacturing facility.
Shares of Belgium-based TiGenix NV shot up after Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical opted to acquire the company for $630 million.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Pfizer Inc.’s second biosimilar to Johnson & Johnson’s blockbuster rheumatoid arthritis drug Remicade.