Auris tries to rebound from PhIII failure with new trial design; Kymab ties the knot with Shanghai-based EpimAb

Two months after its shares were crushed in a rout following the failure of a key late-stage study of its tinnitus treatment, Auris Medical $EARS is asking to change up the ongoing Phase III followup trial in an attempt to salvage a victory out of the effort. Working off the first round of data, Auris wants to elevate the change in Tinnitus Functional Index (TFI) scores from a key secondary endpoint to an alternate primary efficacy endpoint. The biotech says it’s prepared to expand the study to make the change work for regulators.

In a marriage of platform technologies, the UK’s Kymab is set to go to work with Shanghai-based EpimAb Biotherapeutics’ bispecific antibodies as well as antibodies developed with its Kymouse platform to develop new immuno-oncology therapies. Kymab gets to keep ex-China rights with EpimAb hanging on to the Asian country rights.

Lexington, MA-based Curis is in-licensing a PD-1/ TIM-3 antagonist program from Aurigene dubbed CA-327.

Paratek Pharmaceuticals $PRTK has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases to study omadacycline against pathogenic agents causing infectious diseases of public health and biodefense importance.

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