In a $7 billion transaction, San Francisco-based Datavant is merging with data network company Ciox Health to create the nation’s largest “neutral and secure health data ecosystem.”

Merck & Co. Inc. said on June 9 the U.S. government agreed to pay about $1.2 billion for 1.7 million courses of the company’s experimental Covid-19 treatment, if the oral antiviral drug molnupiravir is proven to work in an ongoing large trial and authorized by U.S. regulators.

Medable Inc., a leading software platform for patient-centered drug development, announced a partnership with Aural Analytics in the company’s federally funded project to assess remote data capture and digital biomarkers in cancer patients.

Topline results from the Phase III TULIP study show an antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) from the Netherlands-based Byondis B.V. significantly prolonged progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with pretreated HER2-positive unresectable locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer (MBC).

Fishawack Health, a leading global commercialization partner for the life sciences industry, announced the acquisition of Chicago-based closerlook LLC. closerlook is a digital-native healthcare agency that leverages artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics to develop omnichannel strategies, creative and digital media solutions for life science brands across the entire pre-commercial and commercial lifecycle of a drug.

As the 2021 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting presents many clinical trial updates, there appears to be a theme: access to drugs and pricing.

Men with a deadly form of advanced prostate cancer who failed other treatments survived four months longer after getting an experimental tumor-targeting radiation therapy from Swiss drugmaker Novartis, data released on June 3 showed.

Migraine headaches can be reduced in frequency and severity by atopant, an oral therapy developed by AbbVie, according to data presented at the 2021 American Headache Society’s (AHS) Annual Scientific Meeting.

From free beer to free childcare, President Joe Biden on June 2 touted new efforts to get 70 percent of U.S. adults at least one shot of vaccination against Covid-19 by the July 4 Independence Day holiday.

On the cusp of the 2021 American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting, more companies are announcing data presentations that will be made over the four-day conference as BioSpace continues to take a look at some of the data that will be shared.