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Data Governance Key In Maximizing Value Of Electronic Health Information

As of 5 April, 2021, health care providers, health IT developers and health information exchanges in the US face penalties for blocking the free exchange of electronic health information, including patient requests for health records. But strong data governance policies are needed to make health information serve patient needs, according to a Prix Galien panel of experts.

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Royal Philips: From Medtech Supplier To Health Care Solutions Partner

Health care delivery has been transformed over the past decade, and so has Royal Philips, whose CEO Frans van Houten explains why both were necessary, and the extra impetus for system-wide change following the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A Peek At The Hand Of Cell, Gene And RNA Therapies

With nearly 3,500 therapies in development globally, and almost $480m in start-up financing in Q1 of 2021 alone, the cell, gene and RNA therapy area is seeing a sharp rise in development and attention. 

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Putting The Patient First: The Challenge And Opportunities To Improve Rare-Disease Therapy Development


Advances in identifying the genetic causes of diseases, and particularly cancers, coupled with regulatory incentives to encourage the development of therapeutic approaches to once poorly managed orphan diseases have fueled a surge in exciting new medicines. To address some of these issues and explore potential solutions, Simbec-Orion in collaboration with Informa Pharma Intelligence convened a round table of experts attending the BIO International Convention

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Brand Spotlight: Novo Nordisk’s Semaglutide

Novo Nordisk’s semaglutide, a GLP-1 agonist marketed in an injected formulation as Ozempic, and an oral tablet form as Rybelsus, is a success story with the potential for an epic third act. First approved as a treatment for type 2 diabetes, semaglutide is under FDA review as a treatment for obesity, with additional clinical programs in NASH and Alzheimer’s disease. 

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JCR Pharma: Crossing Oceans And The Blood-Brain Barrier

After 45 years as a domestic Japanese biopharmaceutical company, JCR Pharmaceuticals is expanding into global markets. The company is betting that its manufacturing strength – which helped land a COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing deal with AstraZeneca – and blood-brain barrier crossing J-Brain Cargo technology will lead to success in Western markets.   

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Do It Yourself: Advantages Of Internal Gene Therapy Manufacturing

The number of gene therapies in development continues to rise, as trial sponsors widen the scope of addressable conditions, beyond ultra-rare diseases. Will manufacturing capacity – and payer budgets – be able to keep up?

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2021 Opportunities For Healthtech Investment: A Legal Firm’s View

For life sciences investors, the past year has been the busiest period in recent memory, say Goodwin partners Sophie McGrath and David Mardle. But what are the industry's drivers and key investor trends in 2021?

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Data Governance Key In Maximizing Value Of Electronic Health Information

As of 5 April, 2021, health care providers, health IT developers and health information exchanges in the US face penalties for blocking the free exchange of electronic health information, including patient requests for health records. But strong data governance policies are needed to make health information serve patient needs, according to a Prix Galien panel of experts.

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Alchemab Targets ‘List Of The Worst-Served Diseases’

In an exclusive interview, Alchemab CEO Alex Leech talks to In Vivo about the company’s method of identifying naturally occurring antibodies to target high unmet needs in oncology, neurodegeneration and infectious diseases.

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Cancer Deals That Grabbed Headlines In 2020

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 has seen a hectic pace of cancer deal-making, including the two largest biopharma M&A deals of the year and 24 deals with upfront value of at least $100m.

Numbers Crunched: Reviewing Biopharma's FY 2019 Performance

The Scrip 100 universe gathers FY 2019 financial performance data and compares the activities of the Top 100 biopharma businesses, ranked by pharma sales. Here In Vivo breaks out the Top 10 in the league table. Which big pharma holds the top spot this year?

Infographic: 20 Years Of Mega-Deals

The biopharma sector is often accused of a being a slow-moving engine, but a look back over the last 20 years reveals that a lot has changed. In Vivo explores the history of high-impact M&A transactions in the industry between 1999 and 2019. 

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Repeat Entrepreneurship And Talent Retention Key To Success Of SV Health Investors

In this latest installment of the VC Playbook series, In Vivo sits down with SV Health Investors’s Houman Ashrafian. The managing partner outlines the group’s investment philosophy, today’s skill set for VC success, and expectations for the future of Britain’s biotech industry post-Brexit and post-pandemic.

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Trailblazer Sandra Horning Is Helping Companies Break New Ground

Roche’s former chief medical officer has new career as board member to three companies, including COVID-19 vaccine pioneer Moderna, and is co-founder of a startup seeking to develop more affordable drugs. She helped pave the way for FDA’s breakthrough therapy designation and diversification of Genentech’s clinical trials.

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Execs On The Move, April 2021

An interactive look at recent executive-level company changes and promotions in the biopharma, medical device and diagnostics industries.

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Market Access After COVID-19: Sector Goodwill Or Hard Crackdown?

The pandemic has brightened pharma’s image, but drug pricing is still high on the political agenda. For US and European politicians, the health crisis has heightened the tension between supporting innovation and controlling rising costs.

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The 14 Billion Dose COVID-19 Manufacturing Challenge

Manufacturing COVID-19 vaccines at unprecedented speed and scale is 2021’s biggest challenge – and mRNA platforms are emerging as the leaders, living up to their promise as the ideal technology for pandemic preparedness.

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Last Mile: Lyft Aims To Innovate Vaccine Transportation

COVID-19 vaccines are only effective in individuals who get them. Lyft, the ride-share company based in San Francisco, CA, announced plans in December to provide 60 million rides to and from vaccination sites.

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Deals In Depth: April 2021

Two $1bn+ alliances were penned in April. Vertex and Obsidian entered into an agreement surrounding the discovery of therapies that regulate gene editing for the treatment of serious diseases. Obsidian is eligible for up to $75m in up-front payments and research milestones and could get another $1.3bn in potential milestone payments across up to five potential programs. Artios signed a three-year global research collaboration with Novartis to discover and validate next-generation DNA damage response targets to enhance Novartis’ radioligand therapies. In the top April M&A by deal value, Thermo Fisher and publicly traded contract research organization PPD announced a definitive agreement under which Thermo Fisher will pay $47.50 per share (a 23% premium to the 10-day pre-announcement average) in cash for PPD, for a purchase price of $17.4bn plus the assumption of approximately $3.5bn of net debt. Financing reached $14.6bn in biopharma, $1.2bn in device, and $2.4bn in diagnostics.

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Deals Shaping The Medical Industry, April 2021

In Vivo's Deal-Making column is a survey of recent health care transactions listed by relevant industry segment – In Vitro Diagnostics, Medical Devices and Pharmaceuticals – and then categorized by type – Acquisition, Alliance, or Financing. This month’s column covers deals announced in April 2021. Data provided by Biomedtracker

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India’s COVID-19 Nightmare And How Pharma Is Holding Up

A COVID-19 second wave is wreaking havoc in India but pharma appears to be holding things together for now, stretching resources amid a dip in personnel attendance and supply chain strains. Limited vaccine supplies, a spurt in API prices and an inevitable third wave could mean further turbulence ahead.

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