GSK and J&J alum Vi­jay Red­dy to take con­trol of R&D at Tmu­ni­ty; An­drew Hirsch ex­its Agios for CEO job at C4 Ther­a­peu­tics

Vi­jay Red­dy

Vi­jay Red­dy was seek­ing a re­turn to the US when he left his role as CMO at Lon­don-based Au­to­lus this sum­mer. Philadel­phia is that land­ing spot, as the T cell im­munother­a­py play­er Tmu­ni­ty has put him in charge of R&D.

Red­dy ar­rives at the Penn spin­out with plen­ty of Big Phar­ma bona fides af­ter de­vel­op­ing the CAR-T cell clin­i­cal pro­gram at Au­to­lus. Tmu­ni­ty’s new chief R&D of­fi­cer was a se­nior di­rec­tor and led ear­ly clin­i­cal de­vel­op­ment at J&J sub­sidiary Janssen from 2013-16, and from 2009-13, he was GSK’s med­ical di­rec­tor, can­cer re­search and clin­i­cal de­vel­op­ment.

Si­mona King

Tmu­ni­ty al­so added to their lead­er­ship team by se­lect­ing Si­mona King as their CFO. A near­ly 20-year vet of Bris­tol My­ers Squibb in var­i­ous fi­nan­cial roles, King just had a brief run as VP, fi­nance and as­sis­tant trea­sur­er at Emer­gent BioSo­lu­tions.

Co-found­ed by CAR-T in­ven­tors Carl June and Bruce Levine, Tmu­ni­ty has racked up $231 mil­lion in to­tal fund­ing.

An­drew Hirsch

→ Com­plet­ing a 4-year run as CFO at Agios, An­drew Hirsch has made the jump to CEO of pro­tein degra­da­tion pi­o­neer C4 Ther­a­peu­tics. Hirsch takes the helm at an­oth­er biotech af­ter a brief tenure as pres­i­dent and CEO of Bind Ther­a­peu­tics, where he spent 4 years over­all. C4 just pen­ciled in $100 mil­lion for an IPO and back in June, the biotech raked in a $170 mil­lion raise, $150 mil­lion of that from a Se­ries B round. Hirsch suc­ceeds An­drew Phillips, who bolts af­ter 2 years on the job.

→ Mary­land-based Cavo­Gene Life­Sciences, whose lead pro­gram for ALS is slat­ed for clin­i­cal tri­als by ear­ly 2022, has a new CEO with Daniel Jor­gensen now at the helm. A for­mer se­nior di­rec­tor at Pfiz­er, Jor­gensen was the phar­ma gi­ant’s first vac­cine de­vel­op­ment team leader, and he al­so served as glob­al clin­i­cal leader for azithromycin. Else­where, he’s been CMO and SVP, clin­i­cal de­vel­op­ment at Poly­Medix and VP, clin­i­cal re­search for AM­AG Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals.

Jim Caggiano

→ Ex-Den­dreon CEO Jim Caggiano is back at the helm of an­oth­er biotech, this time at Targazyme, an im­munother­a­py and stem cell trans­plan­ta­tion out­fit in San Diego us­ing en­zyme-based plat­form tech­nolo­gies. Be­fore Caggiano’s tenure at Den­dreon, the for­mer US Army of­fi­cer was pres­i­dent of Valeant Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals and al­so held po­si­tions at Al­ler­gan for more than 5 years.

→ No doubt get­ting a boost from Ake­bia’s Phase III vadadu­s­tat fail last week, rox­adu­s­tat de­vel­op­er Fi­bro­Gen has plucked Big Phar­ma vet Per­cy Carter from Janssen for the new­ly-cre­at­ed CSO post. Carter was pre­vi­ous­ly Janssen’s glob­al head of dis­cov­ery sci­ences, and pri­or to that, he spent near­ly 20 years at Bris­tol My­ers Squibb in sev­er­al roles, name­ly head of dis­cov­ery and head of dis­cov­ery chem­istry & mol­e­c­u­lar tech­nolo­gies.

Rachel Humphrey

→ Young on­col­o­gy com­pa­ny Black Di­a­mond Ther­a­peu­tics, which col­lect­ed over $200 mil­lion for their IPO in Jan­u­ary, has locked in Rachel Humphrey as CMO. Humphrey is tak­ing over from Karsten Witt, who has been serv­ing as act­ing CMO along with his du­ties as the com­pa­ny’s SVP of clin­i­cal de­vel­op­ment. Humphrey brings to the ta­ble ex­pe­ri­ence from a long list of roles at Cy­tomX Ther­a­peu­tics — where she served as CMO — Eli Lil­ly, As­traZeneca, Mi­rati Ther­a­peu­tics, Bris­tol My­ers Squibb and Bay­er.

Ali Fat­taey

Ali Fat­taey is now lead­ing can­cer me­tab­o­lism play­er MetaboMed as their CEO. His pre­de­ces­sor, co-founder Si­mone Bot­ti, is mov­ing to a se­nior po­si­tion at an undis­closed Eu­ro­pean VC. Fat­taey pre­vi­ous­ly led ther­a­peu­tics dis­cov­ery and de­vel­op­ment at Sci­pher Med­i­cine and was the pres­i­dent and CEO at Curis. He start­ed his ca­reer at Onyx Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals as VP, re­search.

→ Some hard times have be­fall­en DBV Tech­nolo­gies, whose peanut al­ler­gy skin patch was re­buffed in a CRL from the FDA in Au­gust. Now, a cou­ple of ex­ecs have head­ed for the ex­its with CFO Ramzi Be­na­mar and CCO Kevin Trapp walk­ing out the door of the French biotech. Sébastien Ro­bitaille will be fill­ing in as CFO on an in­ter­im ba­sis ef­fec­tive Oct 2. The Ipsen vet, who start­ed out at DBV 5 years ago as SVP, group con­troller and in­for­ma­tion sys­tems, was pro­mot­ed to chief of staff to CEO Daniel Tassé a year ago.

Mol­ly Hen­der­son

Mol­ly Hen­der­son is re­sign­ing from her role as CFO at Prince­ton, NJ biotech Ad­vax­is, ef­fec­tive Sept 25, to be­come CFO at Uro­Gen be­gin­ning the fol­low­ing week. Pres­i­dent and CEO Ken­neth Berlin will func­tion as in­ter­im CFO un­til her re­place­ment is found. Ad­vax­is has had a rough go of it with its ill-fat­ed Am­gen part­ner­ship and mul­ti­ple FDA holds on their lead as­set ax­al­imo­gene.

→ Else­where at Uro­Gen, Pol­ly Mur­phy has tak­en on the role of CBO and Ja­son Smith will be gen­er­al coun­sel and chief com­pli­ance of­fi­cer. Mur­phy and Smith are both Pfiz­er alums: Mur­phy spent 12 years in a se­ries of VP roles at the phar­ma gi­ant and was most re­cent­ly their VP for ear­ly com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment in the on­col­o­gy busi­ness unit, while Smith logged 11 years at Pfiz­er, the last 4 of those as their chief coun­sel, on­col­o­gy. Be­fore that, Smith was le­gal lead for the North Amer­i­can re­gion of Pfiz­er Es­sen­tial Health.

Rosh Dias

→ Back in May, Spruce Bio­sciences in­tro­duced Samir Gharib as their CFO, and there’s an­oth­er change at the San Fran­cis­co biotech’s C-suite with Rosh Dias com­ing in as CMO. Be­fore join­ing Spruce, which tar­gets rare en­docrine dis­or­ders and re­vealed pos­i­tive Phase II da­ta a year ago with lead can­di­date tildac­er­font, Dias — a No­var­tis vet — spent the last year in the same role at In­di­v­ior. From 2015-18, he was Am­gen’s VP, glob­al sci­en­tif­ic af­fairs. In oth­er Spruce de­vel­op­ments, ex-Bio­Marin CFO Dan Spiegel­man was added to their board of di­rec­tors.

→ Forg­ing ahead in Phase III of their Covid-19 vac­cine and rank­ing No. 2 on our list of the 29 vac­cine play­ers, Mod­er­na has tapped Michael Mul­lette as man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Cana­da. Af­ter near­ly 2 decades at Sanofi, with the last 2 years as gen­er­al man­ag­er and coun­try chair for Sanofi Cana­da in Mon­tre­al, Mul­lette came to Mod­er­na in Au­gust as VP, mar­ket ac­cess, and he will car­ry on in that role in ad­di­tion to his new ap­point­ment.

Mike Spi­garel­li

→ Rais­ing $16 mil­lion in a Se­ries B last week in an ef­fort to “de­moc­ra­tize” bi­o­log­ics, Seat­tle-based Lu­men Bio­science has giv­en the nod to Mike Spi­garel­li to be their CMO. Spi­garel­li is com­ing off 4 years as VP, med­ical af­fairs for di­ag­nos­tics com­pa­ny Im­mu­cor.

→ Res­pi­ra­to­ry dis­ease-cen­tered ge­net­ic med­i­cines play­er Re­Code Ther­a­peu­tics has a tri­fec­ta of ap­point­ments with Mukul Agar­w­al, CBO; Vladimir Kharitonov, SVP, chem­istry, man­u­fac­tur­ing and con­trols (CMC); and Bran­don Wust­man, SVP, R&D. Agar­w­al heads to Re­Code af­ter a lit­tle over a year as VP, cor­po­rate de­vel­op­ment at Forty Sev­en, which Gilead bought in March for $4.9 bil­lion. Kharitonov had spent 20 years at Paci­ra Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, the last 10 as their VP of R&D. And Wust­man had been with the com­pa­ny as VP of R&D be­fore Re­Code joined forces with Tran­scrip­Tx in March. From 2002-14, he was se­nior di­rec­tor, pre­clin­i­cal bi­ol­o­gy at Am­i­cus Ther­a­peu­tics.

Mar­tin Madaus

→ Ex-Mil­li­pore chair­man, pres­i­dent and CEO Mar­tin Madaus is mak­ing his way to Feng Zhang’s CRISPR-based di­ag­nos­tics play­er Sher­lock Bio­sciences as COO. Madaus has been in­ter­im CEO and ex­ec­u­tive chair­man at Ul­tivue and Em­u­late Bio of late, and from 2014-19, he was chair­man and CEO at Or­tho Clin­i­cal Di­ag­nos­tics.

→ UK clin­i­cal AI com­pa­ny Sen­syne Health has tapped Michael Mac­don­nell as COO. Mac­don­nell cur­rent­ly heads Google Health as di­rec­tor of glob­al de­ploy­ment. Pri­or to his po­si­tion at Google Health, Mac­don­nell was at Google Deep­Mind and held roles at Ac­cen­ture, NHS Eng­land and Im­pe­r­i­al Col­lege Lon­don among oth­ers.

→ Long­time Mer­ck vet Ercem Atil­la­soy is on board at cell ther­a­py com­pa­ny AlloVir as chief reg­u­la­to­ry and safe­ty of­fi­cer. At Mer­ck Re­search Lab­o­ra­to­ries, Atil­la­soy was VP and ther­a­peu­tic area head of vac­cines and in­fec­tious dis­ease and VP, glob­al reg­u­la­to­ry af­fairs and clin­i­cal safe­ty. He ran Keytru­da’s first IND fil­ing for melanoma and was in­volved in the ap­proval of such med­i­cines as the Ebo­la vac­cine Erve­bo and the HPV vac­cine Gar­dasil.

Er­ic Kim­ble

Till­man Gern­gross’ new en­deav­or, Ada­gio Ther­a­peu­tics, has locked in Er­ic Kim­ble as chief com­mer­cial of­fi­cer and Ed Cam­pa­naro as SVP of clin­i­cal op­er­a­tions. Kim­ble and Cam­pa­naro worked at Cu­bist Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals in VP po­si­tions at the same time – Kim­ble from 2004-13, and Cam­pa­naro from 2000-14. Be­fore Ada­gio, which fo­cus­es on an­ti­bod­ies as an av­enue to com­bat Covid-19, Kim­ble was the CCO at En­ta­sis Ther­a­peu­tics, while Cam­pa­naro was SVP of clin­i­cal op­er­a­tions at Ar­tu­gen Ther­a­peu­tics.

Ole­ma On­col­o­gy, work­ing on the de­vel­op­ment of tar­get­ed ther­a­pies for women’s can­cers, has made sev­er­al new ad­di­tions to its ex­ec­u­tive team with the ap­point­ment of Shane Ko­vacs as COO/CFO, Genen­tech vet Kin­ney Horn as CBO, and John Mo­ri­ar­ty as EVP, chief le­gal of­fi­cer. In ad­di­tion, Pamela Klein has been named CMO and David Myles has been pro­mot­ed to chief de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer. Ko­vacs joins the com­pa­ny from Blue­Rock Ther­a­peu­tics (ac­quired by Bay­er), where he served as CBO and CFO. Horn held a 16-year stint at Genen­tech, while Mo­ri­ar­ty was most re­cent­ly EVP and gen­er­al coun­sel at Por­to­la Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals.

Klein joins the com­pa­ny with ex­pe­ri­ence from Syn­dax Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals and Genen­tech — where she most re­cent­ly served as VP, de­vel­op­ment — among oth­ers. Myles moves up to his new role af­ter serv­ing as Ole­ma’s EVP, drug dis­cov­ery and de­vel­op­ment.

→ New York-based Phos­platin Ther­a­peu­tics, which has ob­tained ex­clu­sive li­cense to a fam­i­ly of com­pounds known as phos­phap­latins that may aid in treat­ing can­cer, has made Joseph O’Don­nell their in­ter­im CMO, and Ja­son Sum­ma has got­ten the call to be VP of clin­i­cal de­vel­op­ment. O’Don­nell has long been in acad­e­mia at Dart­mouth Uni­ver­si­ty’s Geisel School of Med­i­cine, where he start­ed teach­ing in 1978. A Bind and Mo­men­ta alum, Sum­ma was pre­vi­ous­ly on­col­o­gy di­rec­tor and clin­i­cal project sci­en­tist at Janssen.

→ Aus­tralian CRO Avance Clin­i­cal has cor­ralled Jor­gen Mould as a sci­en­tif­ic af­fairs spe­cial­ist. Mould was pre­vi­ous­ly with Mer­ck (KGaA) Health­care as an as­so­ciate med­ical man­ag­er and med­ical sci­ence li­ai­son, neu­rol­o­gy and im­munol­o­gy.

Aman­da Mur­phy

→ Cell en­gi­neer­ing ser­vice provider Max­Cyte has snagged Aman­da Mur­phy as CFO, suc­ceed­ing Ron Holtz — who has been pro­mot­ed to the po­si­tion of SVP and chief ac­count­ing of­fi­cer. Pri­or to Max­Cyte, Mur­phy was man­ag­ing di­rec­tor at BTIG and was part­ner and health­care an­a­lyst at William Blair & Com­pa­ny.

Brain­Storm Cell Ther­a­peu­tics — a de­vel­op­er of adult stem cell ther­a­pies for neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive dis­eases — has re­cruit­ed Bris­tol My­ers Squibb vet An­tho­ny Wa­claws­ki as EVP, glob­al head of reg­u­la­to­ry af­fairs. Dur­ing his 35 year stint at Bris­tol My­ers, Wa­claws­ki most re­cent­ly served as the com­pa­ny’s VP and head, reg­u­la­to­ry and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal sci­ences, car­dio­vas­cu­lar, im­muno­sciences, fi­bro­sis and ge­net­i­cal­ly-de­fined class­es.

Henk Schur­ing

Prile­nia Ther­a­peu­tics, fo­cused on treat­ments for neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive and neu­rode­vel­op­men­tal dis­or­ders, has wel­comed Henk Schur­ing as chief reg­u­la­to­ry and com­mer­cial­iza­tion of­fi­cer. Schur­ing hails from Sanofi Gen­zyme, where he had a 21-year ca­reer and man­aged the rare nephro­log­i­cal dis­eases busi­ness and rare neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­eases busi­ness.

Paul Bavier has been ap­point­ed gen­er­al coun­sel at can­cer-fo­cused Velos­Bio, which racked up $137 mil­lion in a Se­ries B round a cou­ple months ago. Be­fore he set off for Velos­Bio, Bavier spent 3 years at Ave­dro as their gen­er­al coun­sel and chief com­pli­ance of­fi­cer. He al­so held sim­i­lar roles at Biodel from 2007-16 and was al­so their VP, cor­po­rate de­vel­op­ment.

Lau­rie Stelz­er

→ With Rich Hey­man now chair­man of the board and a $70 mil­lion Se­ries D in the hop­per, NJ-based PMV Phar­ma has brought in Robert Tick­tin as gen­er­al coun­sel. Tick­tin was pre­vi­ous­ly as­so­ciate gen­er­al coun­sel, cor­po­rate at Tesaro (and then GSK af­ter the buy­out). PMV Phar­ma, which tar­gets p53 mu­ta­tions, has al­so se­lect­ed Are­na Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals CFO Lau­rie Stelz­er to the board of di­rec­tors as au­dit com­mit­tee chair.

Syg­na­ture Dis­cov­ery, a Not­ting­ham-based provider of drug dis­cov­ery and pre­clin­i­cal ser­vices, has reeled in Andy Mead as di­rec­tor and head of drug abuse and sub­stance use dis­or­ders at its in­te­grat­ed vivophar­ma­col­o­gy com­pa­ny, Re­naSci. Mead jumps aboard Syg­na­ture from So­sei Hep­tares, where he served as di­rec­tor of dis­cov­ery and trans­la­tion­al safe­ty. In ad­di­tion, he brings ex­pe­ri­ence from roles at Mer­ck, Pfiz­er and As­traZeneca among oth­ers.

→ UK’s Pre­ci­sion­Life has ap­point­ed Si­mon Beaulah as SVP of health­care and head of US op­er­a­tions. Most re­cent­ly, Beaulah was di­rec­tor of health­care at Lin­gua­mat­ics and pri­or to that was at IDBS Health­care.

Alex Badam­chi-Zadeh

→ VC and growth eq­ui­ty firm SV has brought on Alex Badam­chi-Zadeh as se­nior as­so­ciate. Badam­chi-Zadeh hops aboard with ex­pe­ri­ence from Xilio Ther­a­peu­tics — where he helped guide the Kendall Square-based com­pa­ny through their $100.5 mil­lion Se­ries B fi­nanc­ing round — and LEK Con­sult­ing.

Dean Mitchell has been named chair­man of the board at Kin­nate, which just nabbed a $98 mil­lion Se­ries C in Au­gust. The GSK and Bris­tol My­ers Squibb vet is the for­mer pres­i­dent and CEO of Lux Bio­sciences and Al­phar­ma.

Blue­print Med­i­cines pres­i­dent and CEO Jeff Al­bers has joined the board of di­rec­tors at Kymera Ther­a­peu­tics. The new­ly pub­lic pro­tein degra­da­tion play­er al­so added Replimune CBO Pamela Es­pos­i­to to the board.

Bon­nie An­der­son

→ Af­ter pen­cil­ing in a $150 mil­lion IPO in June, For­ma Ther­a­peu­tics has re­cruit­ed Thomas Wig­gans to its board of di­rec­tors. Wig­gans is the for­mer chair­man and CEO of Der­mi­ra (ac­quired by Eli Lil­ly) and helped in the for­ma­tion of the Biotech­nol­o­gy In­dus­try Or­ga­ni­za­tion, now Biotech­nol­o­gy In­no­va­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion (BIO).

Bon­nie An­der­son has been elect­ed to the board of di­rec­tors at Bruk­er Cor­po­ra­tion, a sci­en­tif­ic in­stru­ment man­u­fac­tur­er. An­der­son co-found­ed Ve­r­a­cyte in 2008 and is their chair­man and CEO.

Joseph Bow­er

→ UK-based GW Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals has tapped ex-In­cyte and Cel­gene CFO David Grys­ka to be on their board of di­rec­tors. Grys­ka is al­so on the boards of Seat­tle Ge­net­ics, PDL Bio­Phar­ma and Aerie Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals.

Joseph Bow­er has an­nounced his de­ci­sion to re­tire as chair­man of the board at or­tho­pe­dic-fo­cused Ani­ka Ther­a­peu­tics af­ter his term is up in 2021. Bow­er, a pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus at Har­vard Busi­ness School, has served on the board since 1993. Ani­ka is al­so bring­ing in Jack Hen­ne­man and Stephen Richard as new board mem­bers.

Ash­er Chanan-Khan

→ AAV-based gene ther­a­pies-fo­cused Pre­vail Ther­a­peu­tics has added William Car­son to its board of di­rec­tors. Most re­cent­ly, Car­son served as pres­i­dent and CEO of Ot­su­ka Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal De­vel­op­ment & Com­mer­cial­iza­tion and draws from ex­pe­ri­ence from a stint at Bris­tol My­ers Squibb.

Sean Bo­hen

→ Hema­tol­ogy biotech Star­ton Ther­a­peu­tics has cho­sen Ken­neth An­der­son and Ash­er Chanan-Khan to sit on their board of di­rec­tors. An­der­son is di­rec­tor of the Jerome Lip­per Mul­ti­ple Myelo­ma Cen­ter and LeBow In­sti­tute for Myelo­ma Ther­a­peu­tics at Dana-Far­ber, while Chanan-Khan is a pro­fes­sor of med­i­cine at Mayo Clin­ic Can­cer Cen­ter in Jack­sonville.

→ Reti­nal gene ther­a­py com­pa­ny Gy­ro­scope Ther­a­peu­tics has brought on Sean Bo­hen to its board of di­rec­tors. Bo­hen is the for­mer CMO and EVP, glob­al med­i­cines de­vel­op­ment at As­traZeneca and pre­vi­ous­ly served as SVP of Genen­tech ear­ly de­vel­op­ment (gRED).

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Trump’s HHS claims ab­solute au­thor­i­ty over the FDA, clear­ing path to a vac­cine EUA

The top career staff at the FDA has vowed not to let politics overrule science when looking at vaccine data this fall. But Alex Azar, who happens to be their boss’s boss, apparently won’t even give them a chance to stand in the way.

In a new memorandum issued Tuesday last week, the HHS chief stripped the FDA and other health agencies under his purview of their rule making ability, asserting all such power “is reserved to the Secretary.” Sheila Kaplan of the New York Times first obtained and reported the details of the September 15 bulletin.

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Signs of an 'Oc­to­ber Vac­cine Sur­prise' alarm ca­reer sci­en­tists

President Donald Trump, who seems intent on announcing a COVID-19 vaccine before Election Day, could legally authorize a vaccine over the objections of experts, officials at the FDA and even vaccine manufacturers, who have pledged not to release any vaccine unless it’s proved safe and effective.

In podcasts, public forums, social media and medical journals, a growing number of prominent health leaders say they fear that Trump — who has repeatedly signaled his desire for the swift approval of a vaccine and his displeasure with perceived delays at the FDA — will take matters into his own hands, running roughshod over the usual regulatory process.

#ES­MO20: Push­ing in­to front­line, Mer­ck and Bris­tol My­ers duke it out with new slate of GI can­cer da­ta

Having worked in parallel for years to move their respective PD-1 inhibitors up to the first-line treatment of gastrointestinal cancers, Merck and Bristol Myers Squibb finally have the data at ESMO for a showdown.

Comparing KEYNOTE-590 and CheckMate-649, of course, comes with the usual caveats. But a side-by-side look at the overall survival numbers also offer some perspective on a new frontier for the reigning checkpoint rivals, both of whom are claiming to have achieved a first.

UP­DAT­ED: Two wild weeks for Grail end in $8B Il­lu­mi­na buy­out

Grail’s whirlwind two weeks have ended in the wealthy arms of its former founder and benefactors.

Illumina has shelled out $8 billion to reacquire the closely-watched liquid biopsy startup they spun out just 5 years ago and sold off much of its shares just 3 years ago. The deal comes nearly two weeks after the well-heeled startup filed for a potentially massive IPO — one that was disrupted just a week later when Bloomberg reported that Illumina was in talks to buy their former spinout for up to $8 billion.

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Roche vaults to the front of the NL­RP3 clin­i­cal race, pay­ing $448M up­front to bag In­fla­zome

Roche is going all in on NLRP3.

The pharma giant is putting down $448 million (€380 million) upfront to snatch Novartis-backed Inflazome, which makes it a clinical player in the space overnight.

Dublin and Cambridge, UK-based Inflazome is the second NLRP3-focused biotech Roche has acquired in less than two years, and although no numbers were disclosed in the Jecure buyout, this is almost certainly a much larger deal.

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A press of­fi­cer at An­tho­ny Fau­ci’s NI­AID was un­masked as a hard-right Covid troll. He just re­tired to­day

William B Crews had been a public affairs specialist at the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

That ended today when he informed the agency of his decision to retire, after he was identified as the managing editor at RedState, a prominent Trump loyalist website.

Crews’ RedState duties are performed under the alias streiff. While enjoying the benefits of pseudonymity, he disparaged and worked against NIAID with an incendiary level of rhetoric in the midst of a pandemic.

#ES­MO20: Bris­tol My­ers marks Op­di­vo's sec­ond ad­ju­vant win — eye­ing a stan­dard of care gap

Moving into earlier and earlier treatment lines, Bristol Myers Squibb is reporting that adjuvant treatment with Opdivo has doubled the time that esophageal or gastroesophageal junction cancer patients stay free of disease.

With the CheckMate-577 data at ESMO, CMO Samit Hirawat said, the company believes it can change the treatment paradigm.

While a quarter to 30% of patients typically achieve a complete response following chemoradiation therapy and surgery, the rest do not, said Ronan Kelly of Baylor University Medical Center. The recurrence rate is also high within the first year, Hirawat added.

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Covid-19 roundup: Trump sug­gests Pfiz­er vac­cine could be first ap­proved; VBI Vac­cines inks de­vel­op­ment deal with Cana­da

President Donald Trump commented Monday morning that Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate could be the first to win approval by regulators.

During an interview on a Fox News’ morning show, the president said Pfizer was doing “very well” when asked which candidate could be approved, according to a Reuters report. He added that J&J could follow up afterward, saying “they’ll probably be a little later.”

Is­raeli biotech rais­es $57M to go where cur­rent BRAF in­hibitors can't, with back­ing from No­var­tis, SR One

For the blockbuster potential of Novartis’ Tafinlar and Pfizer’s Braftovi, all the BRAF inhibitors on the market so far only target V600 mutations — which accounts for roughly 50% of patients.

Israeli biotech Novellus now has $57 million to develop a drug that they say can help the other 50% who have everything else.

The Series C will fund a Phase II trial for PLX-8394, a “paradox breaker” that could block RAF without activating MAPK signaling. In a Phase I trial, a patient with a BRAF fusion saw their tumor go away after taking the drug, allowing Novellus to hit the ground running.