Illumina Inc. on Friday said it had expanded its board, adding two C-suite executives a week after shareholders voted to replace the gene sequencing company’s chairman with activist investor Carl Icahn’s nominee.

Novartis’ breast cancer drug Kisqali cut the risk of recurrence by a little more than 25% in a pivotal trial on women diagnosed at an early stage, positioning the Swiss drugmaker to win new patients and challenging strong rival Eli Lilly.

BioNTech said on Friday that a new cancer immunotherapy candidate that it is working on with U.S. partner OncoC4 Inc. was shown to shrink tumors in close to 30% of participants in a mid-stage lung cancer trial.

A federal appeals court, in a decision unsealed Wednesday, upheld the dismissal of a whistleblower lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson as a sanction for the plaintiffs’ misuse of confidential records they obtained through related litigation.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday gave a boost to whistleblowers in their bid to revive lawsuits accusing pharmacy operators of knowingly overbilling government health insurance programs for prescription drugs at taxpayers’ expense.


The Medicare health plan will cover new Alzheimer’s drugs after full U.S. approval for patients who participate in a health agency database, a move that expands on conditional coverage terms but companies have said that would limit use.

Coherus BioSciences Inc. said on Thursday it plans to launch a biosimilar of AbbVie Inc’s (ABBV.N) Humira in July at a list price of $995 per carton, representing a discount of about 85% from the blockbuster arthritis drug.

Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG plans to sell its 800-employee drug manufacturing plant in Vacaville, California, or it will shut the factory by 2029, according to e-mailed letters to workers seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

Coherus BioSciences Inc. said on Wednesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had flagged three observations at its partner’s manufacturing site in China when the agency was conducting inspections related to its experimental cancer drug.

Wednesday, Sanofi released data from a Phase II study showing its investigational anti-CD40L antibody frexalimab met the trial’s primary endpoint and significantly lowered disease activity in patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis.