Med Ad News talked with Ed Mitzen, Founder of Fingerpaint, and Brannon Cashion, a Managing Partner at Leaderboard Branding, about the reasons why the agency decided to make a strategic investment in Leaderboard, a global naming and branding business headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. Mitzen and Cashion discussed how the two companies complement each other and how the connection with Leaderboard will expand the services Fingerpaint can offer clients.

Drugmaker Baxter International Inc. will help fill in vials and package about 60-90 million doses of Moderna Inc.’s Covid-19 vaccine in 2021, the companies said.

Vir Biotechnology, Eli Lilly and GlaxoSmithKline struck a three-way collaborative deal to evaluate Vir’s investigational monoclonal antibody VIR-7831 in combination with Lilly’s bamlanivimab in low-risk patients with mild to moderate Covid-19.

Gilead Sciences Inc. bolstered the company’s capabilities in treating liver diseases with a €1.15 billion ($1.4 billion) cash acquisition of Germany-based Myr GmbH, which is focused on developing therapies for the treatment of chronic hepatitis delta virus (HDV), the most severe form of viral hepatitis.

San Diego-based Neurocrine Biosciences is partnering with Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical to develop and commercialize molecules in Takeda’s early-to-mid-stage psychiatry pipeline.

Paris-based Sanofi announced plans to increase the company’s vaccines research and production capabilities.

Neurotrope and Metuchen Pharmaceuticals announced the companies have merged in an all-stock deal to form Petros Pharmaceuticals, which is focused on men’s health conditions.

As pharma companies bolster their pipelines via multibillion-dollar acquisitions, drug manufacturers continue to heavily invest in the oncology space.

Myovant announced that the company’s Phase III HERO trial relugolix met the study’s primary endpoint and six key secondary endpoints in advanced prostate cancer.

The Federal Trade Commission staff reviewing Roche’s plan to buy U.S.-based gene therapy specialist Spark Therapeutics for $4.3 billion recommended that the deal be approved without requiring any asset sales, the Capitol Forum reported.