Surface Oncology agreed to grant exclusive worldwide licensing rights to GlaxoSmithKline for the development and commercialization of the Cambridge, Mass.-based biotech company’s SRF813, a fully human IgG1 antibody and immunotherapy designed to treat cancer.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval-review schedule for August includes the Biologics License Application for Bristol Myers Squibb and Juno Therapeutics’ lisocabtagene maraleucel (liso-cel) for relapsed or refractory large B-cell lymphoma after at least two previous therapies. 

AVEO Oncology submitted a New Drug Application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for tivozanib, the company’s vascular endothelial growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor, as a treatment for relapsed or refractory renal cell carcinoma (RCC).

More than 17.6 million American adults (about 7.5 percent) experience allergic rhinitis (also called hay fever or seasonal allergies). Many different substances (called allergens) can trigger allergic rhinitis, such as tree or grass pollen, and each person has their own set of problematic allergens.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Aimmune Therapeutics’ oral immunotherapy Palforzia as a first-of-its-kind treatment for the millions of people suffering from an allergy to peanuts.

Arcus Biosciences and Roche company Genentech are partnering on two clinical trials for colorectal and pancreatic cancer.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Astellas Pharma Inc. and Seattle Genetics Inc.’s experimental drug Padcev to treat advanced bladder cancer, about three months ahead of schedule.

Roche’s immunotherapy Tecentriq combined with the Swiss drugmaker’s Avastin medicine helped people with the most common form of liver cancer to live longer than with an older drug from Germany’s Bayer.

Shares of Immune Design skyrocketed after Merck announced the acquisition of the Seattle-based oncology company for $300 million in cash.

Top 10 Pipelines To Watch: 2019 Annual Report

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The return on R&D investment for leading biopharmaceutical manufacturers fell to a nine-year low while the U.S. FDA approved a record-breaking amount of novel medicines during 2018.