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Joseph Haas

Joseph Haas is a senior writer for Informa’s pharmaceutical news publications, with more than eight years covering the biopharmaceutical industry. He previously worked in public affairs for a real estate trade association and wrote about housing and real estate before moving into healthcare. Most recently, he was managing editor of a newsletter publisher, leading its coverage of the implementation of the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit. Joe’s areas of expertise include business development, mergers and acquisitions, infectious diseases and liver diseases, including hepatitis C, hepatitis B and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). He edits the popular Deal Watch column and enjoys profiling start-up companies. 
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Asia Deal Watch: Daiichi Sankyo Pays $200m To Ultragenyx For AAV Technology Access

A busy stretch of deal-making across Asia all includes transactions involving Innovent, Alector, Ono, Numab, Alphamab, 3DMed, Healios, Athersys, Laekna, Novartis, Asahi Kasei, SBI Biotech, Glenmark, Hindustan Unilever, Hanlim, Alteogen, Ildong, Evotec, AJU Pharm, Ribomec, Tyligand, Context

Deals Business Strategies

Amgen, Adaptive Partner In COVID-19 Neutralizing Antibody R&D Effort

The companies are combining their technologies to seek neutralizing antibody therapeutics that could prevent or treat COVID-19, building on their previous partnership in monitoring minimal residual disease in blood cancers.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Deals

Akero Heads To Top Of FGF21 Class In NASH; Genfit Says Pandemic Won’t Delay Phase III

Akero’s FGF21 analog yields 63%-72% relative hepatic fat reduction in Phase IIa study; the company awaits biopsy data hoping to see a fibrotic benefit. Also, Genfit says COVID-19 pandemic should not significantly delay its Phase III NASH readout.

Clinical Trials Business Strategies

Merck/Bayer’s Vericiguat Outcomes Data Less Impressive On Fuller Disclosure

Efficacy seen in reducing hospitalization in high-risk heart failure patients, but not in reducing the risk of cardiovascular death. Analysts say this portends a more niche opportunity for vericiguat.

Clinical Trials Comparative Effectiveness

Deal Watch: Coronavirus Collaborations Reflect Industry’s Full Press Pandemic Response

Deals involving Hoth/Voltron, Vir/Xencor, Akers/Premas, WPD/CNS address coronavirus outbreak. Separately, Roche and Forge hope to develop a novel antibiotic for Gram-negative infections using the LpxC enzyme.

Deals Coronavirus COVID-19

BMS Gets US Approval Of Ozanimod For Relapsing MS, But Launch Delayed

Zeposia, one of three Celgene candidates central to last year’s merger with BMS, obtains US FDA approval in relapsing MS. BMS, however, will delay the launch due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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