A new form of treatment known as CAR-T cell therapy has been making waves in the field of oncology, and clinical trials have begun for patients with Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma (MPM).

The U.S. FDA approved Genentech’s Actemra (tocilizumab) intravenous injection for the treatment of chimeric antigen receptor T cell-induced severe or life-threatening cytokine release syndrome in patients 2 years of age and older.

The pharma industry’s R&D concentration has been shifting towards specialty therapy areas as research and development returns decline for some leaders.