Joshua Cohen (L) and Justin Klee (Amylyx)

Amy­lyx picks up ALS drug ap­proval in Cana­da af­ter FDA asks for more time to re­view the da­ta

Though the FDA earlier this month told Amylyx Pharmaceuticals the agency would need a little bit longer to review its ALS drug’s application, one country is forging ahead with a green light.

Canada approved Amylyx’s ALS drug AMX0035 early Monday morning, giving the biotech its first green light and ALS patients in the country only the third therapy available to treat the disease. The decision also marks a win for Amylyx, a one-drug biotech that went all-in on ALS — one of the most challenging diseases for drug R&D — and whose fortunes appeared murky after the FDA raised concerns over its data at an advisory committee meeting in March.

Endpoints News

Keep reading Endpoints with a free subscription

Unlock this story instantly and join 170,300+ biopharma pros reading Endpoints daily — and it's free.

Image courtesy of The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.

Pro­tect­ing the glob­al phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­no­va­tion ecosys­tem – what’s at stake?

We are living in a new era of healthcare that is rapidly advancing progress impacting patient outcomes and experiences. We’ve seen a remarkable pace of transformational innovation, applied research, and advanced clinical development over the last decade.

Despite this tremendous progress, there is much more work to be done, and patients are counting on us – now more than ever – to continue that momentum. At the heart of our industry is a focus on developing and delivering medicines for some of the world’s most challenging diseases, including those that have few or no effective treatments today.

Mi­rati’s drug sitra­va­tinib flops PhI­II in com­bo with Op­di­vo for cer­tain lung can­cer

Mirati Therapeutics’ path to a second drug approval will likely have to wait. The San Diego biotech company said Wednesday that its investigational lung cancer drug failed a Phase III trial testing it in combination with Bristol Myers Squibb’s Opdivo.

The drug, sitravatinib, and Opdivo weren’t better than the chemo drug docetaxel at keeping patients alive, Mirati said in a press release. The spectrum-selective kinase inhibitor missed the primary goal of overall survival in patients with second- or third-line advanced non-squamous, non-small cell lung cancer.

Endpoints News

Keep reading Endpoints with a free subscription

Unlock this story instantly and join 170,300+ biopharma pros reading Endpoints daily — and it's free.

End­points 20(+2) un­der 40, 2023; Bio­phar­ma's high­est-paid CEOs; N-of-1 CRISPR sto­ry goes on af­ter tragedy; and more

Welcome back to Endpoints Weekly, your review of the week’s top biopharma headlines. Want this in your inbox every Saturday morning? Current Endpoints readers can visit their reader profile to add Endpoints Weekly. New to Endpoints? Sign up here.

We will be off Monday in observance of Memorial Day — and when we get back, it will be a straight march to ASCO, BIO and more. Enjoy the (long) weekend!

Endpoints News

Keep reading Endpoints with a free subscription

Unlock this story instantly and join 170,300+ biopharma pros reading Endpoints daily — and it's free.

Rich Horgan (R) with his late brother, Terry

Rich Hor­gan spear­head­ed a gene ther­a­py for his broth­er. The tri­al end­ed in tragedy, but the work con­tin­ues for more pa­tients

Rich Horgan’s quest to create a custom gene therapy for his brother, Terry, ended in tragedy. But Horgan doesn’t believe it’s the end of the story.

Terry, a 27-year-old patient with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, died last October just eight days after receiving the therapy in a clinical trial in which he was the only participant. The case raised questions about the safety of certain gene therapies and what would happen to other drug programs under a nonprofit that Horgan created, called Cure Rare Disease.

Endpoints News

Keep reading Endpoints with a free subscription

Unlock this story instantly and join 170,300+ biopharma pros reading Endpoints daily — and it's free.

Bio­phar­ma's 20 high­est-paid CEOs of 2022, each bring­ing in $20M+ pay­days

Even in a down year for much of the biopharma market, 20 CEOs brought in pay packages valued at more than $20 million, an Endpoints News analysis found.

Endpoints collected data on more than 350 CEO compensation packages, covering a wide range of pharma, biotech, and life sciences companies. All told, the 20 largest earners made over $725 million in 2022 — an average package of $36.4 million. Three brought in paydays over $50 million, and one CEO broke the $100 million mark.

Endpoints News

Keep reading Endpoints with a free subscription

Unlock this story instantly and join 170,300+ biopharma pros reading Endpoints daily — and it's free.

Teresa Bitetti, Takeda's president of the global oncology business unit

Take­da wins pri­or­i­ty re­view for $400M col­orec­tal can­cer drug, li­censed from Hutchmed in Jan­u­ary

Takeda and Hutchmed scored a priority review Thursday afternoon for a colorectal cancer drug, the companies announced.

The experimental drug in question is fruquintinib, previously approved in China in 2018 to treat metastatic colorectal cancer. Takeda and Hutchmed are aiming to bring fruquintinib to the US and other countries outside China in the same indication, and the FDA set its decision date for Nov. 30 of this year.

Endpoints News

Keep reading Endpoints with a free subscription

Unlock this story instantly and join 170,300+ biopharma pros reading Endpoints daily — and it's free.

FDA ap­proves Lex­i­con’s heart-fail­ure drug af­ter de­feat in di­a­betes

The FDA on Friday approved Lexicon’s heart failure drug sotagliflozin following a string of setbacks for the pharma company, including an FDA rejection in diabetes and the loss of a development deal with Sanofi.

The dual SGLT1 and SGLT2 inhibitor will be marketed as Inpefa and is a once-daily tablet. It’s been approved to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death and heart failure-related hospitalization or urgent visits in adults with heart failure or type 2 diabetes mellitus, chronic kidney disease, and other cardiovascular risk factors. The label spans the range of left ventricular ejection fraction, including preserved ejection fraction and reduced ejection fraction, as well as patients with or without diabetes, Lexicon said Friday.

Endpoints News

Keep reading Endpoints with a free subscription

Unlock this story instantly and join 170,300+ biopharma pros reading Endpoints daily — and it's free.

The 20(+2) un­der 40: Your guide to the next gen­er­a­tion of biotech lead­ers

This year’s list of 20 biotech leaders under the age of 40 includes a huge range of ambitions. Some of our honorees are planning to create the next big drug giant. Others are pushing the bounds of AI. One is working to revolutionize TB testing. All are compelling talents who are still young in age, but already far along in achievement.

And, as in years past, we went over. The 20 are actually 22 because of two double profiles that reflect how important teamwork is in the industry. As one of our honorees, Joe Illingworth of DJS Antibodies, told me in our interview, “It takes a village to raise a biotech.”

Endpoints News

Keep reading Endpoints with a free subscription

Unlock this story instantly and join 170,300+ biopharma pros reading Endpoints daily — and it's free.

David Ricks, Eli Lilly CEO (Carolyn Kaster/AP Images)

Lil­ly gears up trio of PhI­II tri­als for its oral GLP-1 amid No­vo Nordisk, Pfiz­er com­pe­ti­tion

As Novo Nordisk and Pfizer disclose some data on their oral weight loss drugs in Phase III and II, respectively, Eli Lilly is beefing up its stance in the obesity field with three late-stage clinical trials of its next-generation GLP-1 agonist orforglipron.

The moves, disclosed in updates to the federal clinical trials database this week, put the Indianapolis drugmaker ahead of Pfizer, whose science chief has said the company will “cherry-pick” which of its mid-stage candidates to take deeper into the clinic after data late this year or early next.

Endpoints News

Keep reading Endpoints with a free subscription

Unlock this story instantly and join 170,300+ biopharma pros reading Endpoints daily — and it's free.