According to a research collaboration among UCLA investigators and Merck KGaA, berzosertib has shown promise for Covid-19 and is also being touted for the drug’s unusually broad effect in treating a range of cancers.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Deciphera Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s Qinlock (ripretinib) for the treatment of adult patients with advanced gastrointestinal stromal tumor who have received prior treatment with 3 or more kinase inhibitors, including imatinib.

AstraZeneca and Merck & Co. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the kinase inhibitor Koselugo (selumetinib) for the treatment of pediatric patients 2 years of age and older with neurofibromatosis type 1 who have symptomatic, inoperable plexiform neurofibromas.

Merck & Co. Inc. is buying ArQule Inc. for $2.7 billion, seeking to tap into the drug developer’s experimental blood cancer therapy that targets genetic mutations.

AstraZeneca is significantly expanding the company’s footprint in China with the establishment of a global R&D center and launch of a $1 billion fund aimed at supporting that nation’s healthcare sector.

Bayer, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Ono Pharmaceutical teamed up to study the most common type of metastatic colorectal cancer.

Clinical-stage immuno-oncology company Forty Seven Inc. announced a collaboration with Acerta Pharma, AstraZeneca’s hematology research and development center of excellence.

Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly continues to make the case for cyclin-dependent kinases inhibitors, particularly CDK4 and CDK6, as an effective treatment of cancers.

Flexion Therapeutics scrapped an eight-year-old agreement with pharma giant AstraZeneca to develop an end-stage osteoarthritis treatment.

After a former Pfizer employee’s publications came under question, the company launched a review of Min-Jean Yin’s publication history and pushed for two additional retractions.