Novavax Inc. is on track to begin a delayed U.S.-based, late-stage study of the company’s experimental coronavirus vaccine during November

Denmark’s Novo Nordisk is acquiring New Jersey-based Emisphere Technologies in a deal worth about $1.8 billion.

BioSpace reviewed the third-quarter 2020 financial announcements from some of the biopharma industry’s leading players.

Shares of bluebird bio fell in trading after the company announced that the sickle cell disease gene therapy treatment bb1111 will not be submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for two more years.

Amgen Inc. reported that third-quarter 2020 adjusted profit rose 17% due to stronger sales of drugs such as the osteoporosis treatment Prolia and the psoriasis medication Otezla, bucking challenges from lower drug prices and Covid-19.

France’s Genfit announced significant restructuring that will include cutting 40 percent of the company’s staff.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is wrapping up the month of September with a few PDUFA dates, including an approval review of Aquestive’s Libervant for the management of seizure clusters in epilepsy.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval-review schedule for August includes the Biologics License Application for Bristol Myers Squibb and Juno Therapeutics’ lisocabtagene maraleucel (liso-cel) for relapsed or refractory large B-cell lymphoma after at least two previous therapies. 

South San Francisco-based Unity Biotechnology reported that the 12-week results from the company’s Phase II study of UBX0101 in moderate-to-severe painful osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee failed to show improvement over placebo.

San Diego-based Ligand Pharmaceuticals is acquiring San Diego-based Pfenex for a total deal transaction of up to $516 million.