Britain’s AstraZeneca clinched expanded regulatory backing for two medications, including one for the blockbuster cancer treatment Lynparza, in a development pipeline that now includes a possible coronavirus vaccine.

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Rafael Pharmaceuticals Inc. reached an enrollment milestone of more than 250 patients in the company’s pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial for metastatic pancreatic cancer (AVENGER 500), which is evaluating the efficacy and safety of Rafael’s lead compound CPI-613 (devimistat) in combination with modified FOLFIRINOX (mFFX) as first-line therapy.

AstraZeneca and Merck’s ovarian cancer drug Lynparza received U.S. regulatory approval for the treatment of advanced pancreatic cancer.

The U.S. FDA granted Orphan Drug Designation for OBI Pharma Inc.’s first-in-class antibody drug conjugate (ADC) OBI-999 for the treatment of pancreatic cancer.

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

Halozyme Therapeutics is restructuring after halting development of a metastatic pancreatic cancer drug that failed to demonstrate an improvement in overall survival in a Phase III trial.

Eli Lilly and Co.’s experimental pancreatic cancer treatment in combination with chemotherapy drugs failed to meet the main goal of overall survival in a late-stage study.

Shares of U.K.-based NuCana were down more than 21 percent after the company announced suspended enrollment of patients in a late-stage pancreatic cancer study.

Lynparza was approved as a first-line maintenance treatment for a type of advanced ovarian cancer by the European Commission.