UCB is investing more than £1 billion ($1.29 billion) over five years to expand the company’s research and development capabilities in the U.K., which will include a transition to a newly acquired 47-acre R&D campus from Eli Lilly located in Windlesham, Surrey.

Progentec Diagnostics Inc. launched a novel blood test to determine the likelihood that a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus (commonly known as both SLE and lupus) will experience an immunologic disease flare during the coming 12 weeks.

Bay Area-based Genentech launched a new study assessing the company’s rheumatoid arthritis drug Actemra as a potential treatment for COVID-19 with an eye toward increasing diversity and inclusion among patients treated.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals will repurchase about $5 billion of the U.S. drugmaker’s shares directly from France’s Sanofi, without altering their 17-year partnership.

Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals expanded a clinical trial of the companies’ rheumatoid arthritis drug Kevzara as a coronavirus treatment to patients outside the United States.

A U.S. judge upheld two patents relating to Amgen Inc.’s blockbuster rheumatoid arthritis drug Enbrel, denying a challenge by Novartis AG, which is seeking to launch a copycat version.

In 2015, Pfizer researchers were analyzing hundreds of thousands of insurance claims and noted that patients receiving the company’s anti-inflammatory Enbrel appeared to have a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease – by a startling 64 percent.

Drugmakers kicked off 2019 with price increases in the United States on more than 250 prescription drugs, including the world’s top-selling medicine Humira, although the pace of price hikes was slower than during 2018.

Sanofi will continue to implement cost savings after having reached a 1.5 billion euros ($1.75 billion) cost reduction target a year ahead of expectations, while several of the company’s key drugs are selling well.

South San Francisco-based Principia Biopharma is looking to become a publicly traded company and is aiming for a $86 million initial public offering.