Tony Kings­ley takes over the reins at Schol­ar Rock; Idor­sia taps phar­ma vet Pa­tri­cia Torr for new US ops

Tony Kings­ley

Schol­ar Rock — which part­nered with Gilead back in 2018 for a dis­cov­ery pact for fi­brot­ic dis­eases — has passed the CEO and pres­i­dent ba­ton down to Tony Kings­ley, who is tak­ing over from Nagesh Ma­han­thap­pa. Kings­ley joined the com­pa­ny’s board of di­rec­tors in May. Pri­or to his new role, Kings­ley was CEO and pres­i­dent of Taris Bio (ac­quired by Janssen Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals). In ad­di­tion, he served as pres­i­dent and COO of The Med­i­cines Com­pa­ny and held po­si­tions at Bio­gen and McK­in­sey & Com­pa­ny among oth­ers.

In ad­di­tion, the Cam­bridge, Mass­a­chu­setts-based com­pa­ny has named Ed­ward (Ted) Myles as CFO and head of busi­ness op­er­a­tions. Myles has been a mem­ber of Schol­ar Rock’s board of di­rec­tors and will be step­ping down from that po­si­tion with his new ap­point­ment. Most re­cent­ly, Myles served as CFO and COO of AM­AG Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals and has pre­vi­ous­ly held roles at Primer­aDX and EMD Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals (now EMD Serono).

Jean-Paul Clozel’s start­up Idor­sia has ex­pand­ed its reach in the US by es­tab­lish­ing com­mer­cial op­er­a­tions in the Philadel­phia sub­urb of Rad­nor, PA. Pa­tri­cia Torr is tak­ing the reins as pres­i­dent and GM of Idor­sia Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals US and has been lin­ing up lead­er­ship for the en­deav­or. Torr was pre­vi­ous­ly VP, glob­al com­mer­cial strat­e­gy for throm­bo­sis and he­mo­sta­sis at CSL Behring; EVP, head of US hema­tol­ogy for Shire; and VP, US sales at J&J.

Join­ing Torr will be the fol­low­ing: Scot­ty Bow­man, VP, head of US mar­ket ac­cess; William Gileza, VP, head of US fi­nance and in­fra­struc­tures; Frances Lil­lo, se­nior di­rec­tor, head of US hu­man re­sources; Michael Moye, VP, head of US mar­ket­ing; Er­ic Siegel, VP, head of US com­pli­ance; and Paul Var­ki, VP, US gen­er­al coun­sel, head of le­gal.

Jen­nifer Simp­son

→ Min­neso­ta-based Sun Bio­Phar­ma, cen­tered on pan­cre­at­ic can­cer, has made Jen­nifer Simp­son their pres­i­dent and CEO. Michael Cullen, who helmed Sun Bio­Phar­ma since Oc­to­ber 2018, will re­main as ex­ec­u­tive chair­man of their board of di­rec­tors. Simp­son start­ed at Del­cath Sys­tems in 2012 as EVP, glob­al mar­ket­ing, and with­in three years, she be­came the com­pa­ny’s pres­i­dent and CEO. From 2008-12, she was VP, glob­al mar­ket­ing, on­col­o­gy brand lead at Im­Clone Sys­tems.

→ Li­cens­ing its pre­clin­i­cal K-NK004 pro­gram to Sanofi last week in a $19.7 mil­lion col­lab­o­ra­tion with al­most a bil­lion dol­lars in mile­stones, nat­ur­al killer bio­phar­ma Kiadis al­so has new faces on their lead­er­ship team, bring­ing in Cru­cell Vac­cines vets Ray Bar­low and Govert Schouten as CBO and head of in­no­va­tion, re­spec­tive­ly. At Cru­cell (ac­quired by J&J), Bar­low was se­nior di­rec­tor of busi­ness de­vel­op­ment, while Schouten was VP of busi­ness de­vel­op­ment.

Bar­low is a for­mer ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, cor­po­rate de­vel­op­ment at Am­gen who al­so spent a decade at As­traZeneca. Schouten comes to Dutch-based Kiadis af­ter found­ing Id­mon Con­sult­ing. Ad­di­tion­al­ly, Kiadis an­nounced that SVP of cor­po­rate de­vel­op­ment Mar­cel Zwaal has hit the ex­it “to pur­sue oth­er op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Christo­pher Sla­pak

→ Af­ter haul­ing in $110 mil­lion from its Se­ries B last week, Vor Bio­phar­ma has locked in their in­ter­im CMO Christo­pher Sla­pak in­to a per­ma­nent po­si­tion with the com­pa­ny. Sla­pak has served in the po­si­tion since Ju­ly 2019 and hopped aboard the com­pa­ny af­ter a more than 20 year-stint at Eli Lil­ly— serv­ing as in var­i­ous roles, in­clud­ing VP, ear­ly phase re­search.

Daniel­la Beck­man

One oth­er Vor note: Tan­go Ther­a­peu­tics CFO Daniel­la Beck­man has been added to the board of di­rec­tors. She’s al­so been on Trans­late Bio’s board since the fall of 2017.

→ French mi­cro­bio­me biotech MaaT Phar­ma has added some new faces to its ranks. The Ly­on, France-based com­pa­ny has bagged John Wein­berg as CMO and Servi­er ex­ec, Claude Bertrand, as an in­de­pen­dent mem­ber of the com­pa­ny’s board of di­rec­tors. Pri­or to his new role, Wein­berg served as CMO of 4D Phar­ma and has held pre­vi­ous role at Velox­is Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, No­var­tis and En­zon Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals. At Servi­er, Bertrand serves as CSO and EVP of R&D. In ad­di­tion, Bertrand brings ex­pe­ri­ence from his times at Ipsen, As­traZeneca, No­var­tis, Roche and Pfiz­er.

Joyson Karakun­nel

Pierre Do­di­on is re­tir­ing af­ter 6 years as CMO of French on­col­o­gy-fo­cused biotech In­nate Phar­ma — which had a par­tial hold on la­cu­tam­ab lift­ed by the FDA in June — and Joyson Karakun­nel has an­swered the bell to re­place him. Karakun­nel comes from a CMO stint at Tizona Ther­a­peu­tics and al­so spent some time at Ar­cus Bio­sciences as VP and head of clin­i­cal de­vel­op­ment, reg­u­la­to­ry and safe­ty.

Vi­jay Mod­ur

Sanofi Gen­zyme vet Vi­jay Mod­ur is tak­ing on the role of chief sci­en­tif­ic and med­ical of­fi­cer at Zikani Ther­a­peu­tics, which is de­vel­op­ing nov­el ri­bo­some mod­u­lat­ing agents (RMAs) to treat rare, non­sense mu­ta­tion-dri­ven dis­eases through its Tur­bo-XM plat­form. Mod­ur was Sanofi Gen­zyme’s glob­al project head in rare dis­ease clin­i­cal de­vel­op­ment and he al­so held po­si­tions at No­var­tis and Mer­ck.

My­ron Czucz­man is head­ed to New Jer­sey-based Citius Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, which fo­cus­es on the de­vel­op­ment of an­ti-in­fec­tive and can­cer care prod­ucts, as their CMO and EVP. Pri­or to Citius, Czucz­man was Cel­gene’s ther­a­peu­tic area head, VP, clin­i­cal R&D, glob­al lym­phoma/CLL pro­gram.

Brit­tany Bradrick

→ Di­a­betes-fo­cused stem cell play­er Vi­a­Cyte has en­list­ed Brit­tany Bradrick as CFO. Bradrick hails from In­sulet, where she was VP, strat­e­gy and cor­po­rate de­vel­op­ment. Pri­or to that, she was at Ab­bott Di­a­betes Care and served as di­rec­tor, busi­ness de­vel­op­ment and al­liance man­age­ment as well as held roles at Cred­it Su­isse and Piper Jaf­fray.

→ ARCH-backed Au­to­bahn Ther­a­peu­tics, which emerged in June with a $76 mil­lion round to fight CNS dis­or­ders such as MS, has wel­comed Scott For­rest as their CBO. For­rest was most re­cent­ly at In­cep­tion Ther­a­peu­tics, where was chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer. He al­so co-found­ed Black­Thorn Ther­a­peu­tics and was their VP, op­er­a­tions and cor­po­rate de­vel­op­ment.

→ Pro­tein degra­da­tion play­er C4 Ther­a­peu­tics, which an­nounced in June that they had scored $170 mil­lion in fi­nanc­ing, has brought on two new ex­ecs. William Mc­K­ee, cur­rent­ly CEO of MB­JC As­so­ci­ates, is now C4’s CFO. The long­time EVP and CFO of Barr Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals be­fore its ac­qui­si­tion by Te­va Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals in 2008, Mc­K­ee held the COO and CFO roles at EKR Ther­a­peu­tics from 2010-12. Af­ter lead­ing the sale of Neon Ther­a­peu­tics to BioN­Tech in May as Neon’s VP, gen­er­al coun­sel, Jolie Siegel has joined C4 as their chief le­gal of­fi­cer.

Er­ic Loumeau

Anap­tys­Bio, which just se­cured or­phan drug des­ig­na­tion from the FDA for im­si­dolimab to treat pa­tients with gen­er­al­ized pus­tu­lar pso­ri­a­sis (GPP), has shak­en up its lead­er­ship team with Den­nis Mul­roy com­ing in as CFO and Er­ic Loumeau mov­ing in­to a new role at the com­pa­ny as chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer. Mul­roy has been the top fi­nance ex­ec at a host of biotechs, most re­cent­ly La­Jol­la Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal, where he held the post for 5 years. Loumeau served as Anap­tys­Bio’s in­ter­im CFO since Au­gust, join­ing the com­pa­ny in Au­gust 2018 as their gen­er­al coun­sel; from 2011-13, he was CFO at Rem­pex Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals.

→ Gas­troin­testi­nal dis­ease-fo­cused Phath­om Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals has se­lect­ed Al­ler­gan vet Todd Bran­ning as their CFO, suc­ceed­ing in­ter­im CFO David Sacks, who will con­tin­ue at the New Jer­sey com­pa­ny as a board mem­ber and a strate­gic ad­vi­sor. Bran­ning had spent the last year as CFO at Am­neal Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals and from 2016-18 was CFO, glob­al gener­ic med­i­cines di­vi­sion at Te­va Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals. Be­fore Te­va, he was VP of fi­nance at Al­ler­gan.

→ With its lead can­di­date EYP-1901 in de­vel­op­ment for wet AMD, Eye­point Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals has snagged Jay Duk­er as their chief strate­gic sci­en­tif­ic of­fi­cer, step­ping down from the board of di­rec­tors to fill the new­ly-cre­at­ed role. Duk­er has been chair­man of oph­thal­mol­o­gy at Tufts Med­ical Cen­ter for the past 19 years and is the di­rec­tor of the New Eng­land Eye Cen­ter. He al­so chairs the board at Sesen Bio.

Mor­rey Atkin­son

→ With its ex­per­i­men­tal drug CTX001 show­ing demon­stra­ble ef­fi­ca­cy in treat­ing be­ta tha­lassemia and sick­le cell dis­ease in da­ta pre­sent­ed along­side part­ner CRISPR Ther­a­peu­tics, Ver­tex tells Peer Re­view that Mor­rey Atkin­son has been named SVP, head of com­mer­cial man­u­fac­tur­ing and sup­ply chain. Atkin­son is com­ing off 8 years at Bris­tol My­ers Squibb, where he was SVP, glob­al man­u­fac­tur­ing op­er­a­tions. He was al­so at Eli Lil­ly for 9 years, no­tably as the Big Phar­ma’s head of biotech­nol­o­gy (man­u­fac­tur­ing sci­ences and tech­nol­o­gy).

→ Al­lied with Gilead and Sanofi while scor­ing $120 mil­lion of its own in March, pro­tein degra­da­tion play­er Nurix Ther­a­peu­tics has tapped Ja­son Kan­tor as SVP, fi­nance and in­vest­ment strat­e­gy. Kan­tor comes to San Fran­cis­co-based Nurix from Ar­ti­san Part­ners, where he was a se­nior bio­phar­ma an­a­lyst. He’s pre­vi­ous­ly been a man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, biotech­nol­o­gy an­a­lyst for Cred­it Su­isse and RBC Cap­i­tal Mar­kets.

→ Re­veal­ing en­cour­ag­ing da­ta a month ago in their Phase IIa and IIb stud­ies for TP-03, a nov­el top­i­cal oph­thalmic drug to treat De­mod­ex ble­phar­i­tis, Irvine, CA-based Tar­sus Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals has two new ex­ecs on board with Se­sha Neer­van­nan as chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer and Leo Green­stein as CFO. Neer­van­nan heads to Tar­sus from Al­ler­gan, where he was SVP of glob­al phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal de­vel­op­ment. Green­stein is for­mer­ly the SVP of fi­nance & cor­po­rate con­troller for Spec­trum Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals.

An­drew Par­tridge

→ Can­cer-fo­cused Turn­ing Point Ther­a­peu­tics, which just signed a deal with Zai Lab to sell re­potrec­tinib in Greater Chi­na, has turned to An­drew Par­tridge to take over as EVP and chief com­mer­cial of­fi­cer. Be­fore his ar­rival at Turn­ing Point, Par­tridge held the CCO and COO posts at Cen­trex­ion Ther­a­peu­tics. A Scher­ing-Plough, Roche and Am­gen vet, Par­tridge spent 5 years at Ver­tex, where he even­tu­al­ly be­came SVP and head of North Amer­i­can com­mer­cial op­er­a­tions.

→ Af­ter nam­ing Yuk Chun Chiu VP of man­u­fac­tur­ing op­er­a­tions last week, Ok­la­homa City CD­MO Cy­to­vance Bi­o­log­ics has pro­mot­ed John Mott to VP of de­vel­op­ment. A long­time Up­john and Pfiz­er vet, Mott has been a “close ad­vi­sor to the com­pa­ny” the last 4 years, Cy­to­vance CEO Jesse Mc­Cool says, and was VP of lab­o­ra­to­ry ser­vices for Ara­gen Bio­science be­fore his as­so­ci­a­tion with Cy­to­vance.

Ken­neth Hut­tner has made his way to New York-based Neu­ro­gene, which cen­ters on rare neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­eases, to be their SVP of clin­i­cal de­vel­op­ment. Lead­ing up to his ap­point­ment at Neu­ro­gene, Hut­tner was a se­nior trans­la­tion­al med­i­cine ex­pert at No­var­tis be­fore be­com­ing a clin­i­cal de­vel­op­ment ex­ec at Biover­a­tiv and Log­icBio Ther­a­peu­tics.

Dirk Hoen­e­mann

→ Shang­hai-based An­ten­gene has called up­on Dirk Hoen­e­mann to be their VP, head of med­ical af­fairs for the Asia Pa­cif­ic Re­gion (APAC) and ear­ly clin­i­cal de­vel­op­ment. Pri­or to An­ten­gene, which gar­nered ap­proval from the FDA last month for Xpovio (se­linex­or) in pa­tients with re­lapsed or re­frac­to­ry dif­fuse large B cell lym­phoma (DL­B­CL), Hoen­e­mann led ear­ly clin­i­cal de­vel­op­ment pro­grams at Cel­gene.

Erik Spek is jump­ing to Michael Gilman’s team at RNA-fo­cused Ar­rakis Ther­a­peu­tics as their VP, le­gal and in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty. Spek held sev­er­al roles at Vedan­ta Bio­sciences, in­clud­ing SVP and head of le­gal af­fairs and in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty, and was al­so di­rec­tor of in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty for Epizyme.

→ Tee­ing up a $150 mil­lion IPO ear­li­er this month, No­var­tis-backed Po­sei­da Ther­a­peu­tics is bring­ing in Har­ry Leon­hardt as gen­er­al coun­sel and gen­er­al com­pli­ance of­fi­cer. Be­fore mak­ing it to Po­sei­da, Leon­hardt was SVP, gen­er­al coun­sel, chief com­pli­ance of­fi­cer and cor­po­rate sec­re­tary, and a mem­ber of the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee at Halozyme Ther­a­peu­tics.

→ Cal­i­for­nia genome se­quenc­ing play­er Per­son­alis is shoring up its lead­er­ship team with Leslie Grab as VP of in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty and John Lyle as VP of as­say R&D. Be­fore Per­son­alis, Grab was se­nior coun­sel, patent and em­ploy­ment at Google spin­out Ver­i­ly Life Sci­ences. Lyle hails from Pa­cif­ic Bio­sciences, where he spent 14 years in var­i­ous re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, cul­mi­nat­ing in his role as se­nior di­rec­tor, sin­gle mol­e­cule se­quenc­ing.

Jodie Mor­ri­son

Ca­dent Ther­a­peu­tics CEO Jodie Mor­ri­son is now chair­ing the board at on­col­o­gy biotech Ri­bon Ther­a­peu­tics, which tar­gets monoPARPs that reg­u­late stress re­spons­es. She’s al­so a mem­ber of the board of di­rec­tors at Aileron Ther­a­peu­tics.

El­liott Si­gal has added an­oth­er di­rec­tor­ship to his quiver, this time jump­ing on the board of di­rec­tors at George Scan­gos’ im­munol­o­gy play­er Vir Biotech­nol­o­gy. Si­gal, the for­mer EVP, CSO and pres­i­dent of Bris­tol My­ers Squibb, joined Affinia Ther­a­peu­tics’ board in June.

Alan Dun­ton

Rec­ce Phar­ma — fo­cused on the de­vel­op­ment of syn­thet­ic an­ti-in­fec­tives — has ap­point­ed for­mer J&J ex­ec Alan Dun­ton to its board of di­rec­tors as an in­de­pen­dent non-ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor. In the past, Dun­ton served as pres­i­dent and CEO of Pana­cos Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals and Metaphore Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals.

→ South San Fran­cis­co-based Calithera Bio­sciences fo­cused on treat­ing can­cer with the de­vel­op­ment of nov­el small mol­e­cule drugs, has cho­sen Scott Gar­land to be on their board of di­rec­tors. The cur­rent pres­i­dent and CEO of Por­to­la Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, Gar­land is al­so a board mem­ber at Karyopharm.

→ Lon­don-based VC shop 4BIO Cap­i­tal, which re­cent­ly had Ky­owa Kirin back its new fund, has tapped Kenya Hon­da for its sci­en­tif­ic ad­vi­so­ry board. Hon­da is a pro­fes­sor in the de­part­ment of mi­cro­bi­ol­o­gy and im­munol­o­gy at Keio Uni­ver­si­ty School of Med­i­cine, Tokyo, Japan. Hon­da’s work is fo­cused on the treat­ment of IBD, au­toim­mu­ni­ty, al­ler­gies and can­cer.

Has the mo­ment fi­nal­ly ar­rived for val­ue-based health­care?

RBC Capital Markets’ Healthcare Technology Analyst, Sean Dodge, spotlights a new breed of tech-enabled providers who are rapidly transforming the way clinicians deliver healthcare, and explores the key question: can this accelerating revolution overturn the US healthcare system?

Key points

Tech-enabled healthcare providers are poised to help the US transition to value, not volume, as the basis for reward.
The move to value-based care has policy momentum, but is risky and complex for clinicians.
Outsourced tech specialists are emerging to provide the required expertise, while healthcare and tech are also converging through M&A.
Value-based care remains in its early stages, but the transition is accelerating and represents a huge addressable market.

FDA ad­vi­sors unan­i­mous­ly rec­om­mend ac­cel­er­at­ed ap­proval for Bio­gen's ALS drug

A panel of outside advisors to the FDA unanimously recommended that the agency grant accelerated approval to Biogen’s ALS drug tofersen despite the drug failing the primary goal of its Phase III study, an endorsement that could pave a path forward for the treatment.

By a 9-0 vote, members of the Peripheral and Central Nervous System Drugs Advisory Committee said there was sufficient evidence that tofersen’s effect on a certain protein associated with ALS is reasonably likely to predict a benefit for patients. But panelists stopped short of advocating for a full approval, voting 3-5 against (with one abstention) and largely citing the failed pivotal study.

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Alaa Halawa, executive director at Mubadala’s US venture group

The ven­ture crew at Mubadala are up­ping their biotech cre­ation game, tak­ing care­ful aim at a new fron­tier in drug de­vel­op­ment

It started with a cup of coffee and a slow burning desire to go early and long in the biotech creation business.

Wrapping up a 15-year discovery stint at Genentech back in the summer of 2021, Rami Hannoush was treated to a caffeine-fueled review of the latest work UCSF’s Jim Wells had been doing on protein degradation — one of the hottest fields in drug development.

“Jim and I have known each other for the past 15 years through Genentech collaborations. We met over coffee, and he was telling me about this concept of the company that he was thinking of,” says Hannoush. “And I got immediately intrigued by it because I knew that this could open up a big space in terms of adding a new modality in drug discovery that is desperately needed in pharma.”

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Chat­G­PT with phar­ma da­ta de­buts for med­ical meet­ings, be­gin­ning with AACR

What do you get when you combine ChatGPT generative AI technology with specific pharma and clinical datasets? A time-saving tool that can answer questions about medical conference abstracts and clinical findings in seconds in one new application from ZoomRx called FermaGPT.

ZoomRx is debuting a public version of its generative AI product specifically for medical conferences beginning this week for the upcoming American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) annual meeting that runs April 14-19.

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Sanofi, Re­gen­eron boast PhI­II win with Dupix­ent in COPD, clear­ing first bar for ex­pan­sion

Dupixent, the blockbuster anti-inflammatory drug from Sanofi and Regeneron, has cleared a high-stakes Phase III study in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the companies announced Thursday morning.

If they hold up in a second, identical trial, the data pave the way for Dupixent to become the first biologic to treat patients whose COPD remains uncontrolled despite being on maximal standard-of-care inhaled therapy — the patient population studied in the pivotal program. The companies had spotlighted this as a key readout as they look to expand the Dupixent franchise and explore its full potential.

Genen­tech to stop com­mer­cial man­u­fac­tur­ing at Cal­i­for­nia head­quar­ters

Genentech is halting commercial manufacturing at its California headquarters — and laying off several hundred employees.

The move is the result of a decision Genentech made in 2007 to relocate manufacturing operations from its South San Francisco headquarters location to other facilities or move the work to CDMOs, said Andi Goddard, Genentech’s SVP of quality and compliance for pharmaceutical technical operations, in an interview with Endpoints News. Genentech has made changes in capabilities and invested more in technology, so it doesn’t need as many large-scale manufacturing facilities as it did in the past, she said.

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In­cyte wins ac­cel­er­at­ed ap­proval for PD-1 in rare skin can­cer

Incyte touted an accelerated approval for its PD-1 retifanlimab in a rare skin cancer on Wednesday, roughly a year and a half after the drug suffered a rejection in squamous cell carcinoma of the anal canal (SCAC).

Retifanlimab, marketed as Zynyz, was approved for metastatic or recurrent locally advanced Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), a fast-growing skin cancer typically characterized by a single, painless nodule. It’s roughly 40 times rarer than melanoma, according to the nonprofit Skin Cancer Foundation — but incidence is growing, particularly among older adults, Incyte said in its announcement.

A new study finds that many patient influencers are sharing prescription drug experiences along with health information.

So­cial me­dia pa­tient in­flu­encers ‘danc­ing in the gray’ of phar­ma mar­ket­ing, more clar­i­ty need­ed, re­searcher says

It’s no surprise that patient influencers are talking about their health conditions on social media. However, what’s less clear is what role pharma companies are playing, how big the patient influencer industry is, and just how is information about prescription drugs from influencers relayed — and received — on social media.

While University of Colorado associate professor Erin Willis can’t answer all those questions, she’s been researching the issue for several years and recently published new research digging into the communication styles, strategies and thinking of patient influencers, many of whom partner with pharma companies.

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Vas Narasimhan, Novartis CEO (Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP)

No­var­tis pulls the plug on UK-based car­dio­vas­cu­lar study

Novartis is calling off a UK-based trial for Leqvio in the primary prevention of cardiovascular events in patients with high cholesterol, the company confirmed on Wednesday.

The Swiss pharma giant made the decision after “careful evaluation,” a spokesperson told Endpoints News via email. The trial, dubbed ORION-17, was planned in partnership with England’s National Health Service (NHS) and was part of the company’s strategy to establish Leqvio as a standard of care in cardiovascular disease management.