The U.S. Food and Drug Administration greenlit the classification of California-based biotechnology firm Genentech’s Venclexta (venetoclax) and azicitidine combination as a Breakthrough Therapy Drug.

Shares of Magenta Therapeutics were down after the company announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration placed a clinical hold on its clinical program for acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome.

Johnson & Johnson decided to terminate a $1.6 billion partnership with Argenx to develop the anti-CD70 antibody cusatuzumab to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (AML) and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS).

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Shares of Aprea Therapeutics plunged after the Boston-based company announced a late-stage cancer combination treatment failed to meet the primary endpoint of complete remission rate.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada approved Inqovi (decitabine and cedazuridine) tablets as the first orally administered hypomethylating agent for the treatment for adults with intermediate and high-risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS).

Helsinn Group, based in Lugano, Switzerland, and MEI Pharma, with headquarters in San Diego, announced they were discontinuing their Phase III trial of pracinostat with azacytidine in acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2020 meeting was held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and included hundreds of abstracts, posters and presentations.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Clovis Oncology Inc.’s Rubraca (rucaparib) tablets for the treatment of adult patients with a deleterious BRCA mutation (germline and/or somatic)-associated metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) who have been treated with androgen receptor-directed therapy and a taxane-based chemotherapy.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Bristol Myers Squibb Co. and Acceleron Pharma Inc.’s Reblozyl (luspatercept-aamt) for the treatment of anemia failing an erythropoiesis stimulating agent and requiring 2 or more red blood cell units over 8 weeks in adult patients with very low- to intermediate-risk myelodysplastic syndromes with ring sideroblasts or with myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative neoplasm with ring sideroblasts and thrombocytosis.

Gilead Sciences Inc. is buying Forty Seven Inc. for $95.50 per share, or a deal value of $4.9 billion. The deal was unanimously approved by both companies’ boards.