Novartis and BeiGene bookended 2021 with collaborative deals. In January, Novartis licensed the China-based company’s checkpoint inhibitor, tislelizumab. On December 20, the Swiss pharma giant announced the licensing of the late-stage TIGIT inhibitor ociperlimab to bolster Novartis’ immunotherapy pipeline.

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J.P. Morgan Chase put an end to the uncertainty surrounding its annual health care conference, announcing that the 40th edition will move to a virtual format.

Novartis dropped out of the company’s deal to fund Mesoblast’s floundering COVID-19 treatment.

Novartis is going full steam ahead with the company’s cancer development efforts, posting positive results from two ongoing trials for lymphoma and leukemia.


Novartis hopes to still play a role in the development of Covid-19 treatments with ongoing research for a pill that could work broadly against coronaviruses, not just the one that causes Covid-19, chief executive Vas Narasimhan told Reuters.

Swiss drug giant Novartis and Belgian pharma company UCB announced a deal to co-develop and commercialize two products targeting Parkinson’s disease, UCB0599 and UCB7853.


Shares of Xencor were down nearly 6 percent after announcing Novartis terminated the company’s rights to develop vibecotamab, a CD123 x CD3 blood cancer bispecific, which was part of a 2016 collaboration valued at $2.6 billion.


For the past 20 years, Novartis has held a 33 percent stake in Roche, the company’s Basel, Switzerland neighbor. Now, Novartis has divested the Swiss drugmaker’s one-third stake to Roche for $20.7 billion.

Novartis forged a collaboration with U.K.-startup Dunad Therapeutics to develop next-generation targeted protein-degradation therapies in a deal valued at up to $1.3 billion.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Novartis’ first-in-class Scemblix (asciminib) for two indications in the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML).