Roche won FDA approval for a supplemental license application of its chronic lymphocytic leukemia drug Gazyva, strengthening its case over rival GlaxoSmithKline and adding some ammo to its hemo-oncology arsenal.
Given that the industry has hundreds of billions of dollars invested in plants that do batch manufacturing, it has been hard for the industry to commit to a new way of making drugs, even one with the potential to cut costs dramatically. But at a major conference in May, the industry coalesced around the need to adopt continuous manufacturing.
An upstart biotech based in Bermuda says that it has in-licensed an Alzheimer's drug from GlaxoSmithKline and plans to take it into Phase III studies next year.
2014 may have been a banner year in pharma M&A, but for companies looking to sell off their portfolios of aging meds, it wasn't quite big enough.
GlaxoSmithKline's shareholders may be expecting less-than-stellar sales next year as generics take their toll on respiratory behemoth Advair. But they still have plenty to look forward to, CEO Andrew Witty reminded them on Thursday.
GlaxoSmithKline rolled out data from a hefty Phase III study showing that its shingles-fighting candidate cut the risk of that disease by 97.2% in adults aged 50 and older, compared with placebo.
More than four years ago, GlaxoSmithKline began a Phase III study of a shingles candidate it hoped would eventually mount a challenge to Merck's Zostavax. Now, that candidate is one step closer after hitting its primary endpoint in that trial.
GlaxoSmithKline got some good news for its big vaccines group, scoring a pivotal Phase III win for its shingles vaccine HZ/su more than four years after the study was launched.
A team from Finland has for the first time confirmed a link between GlaxoSmithKline's swine flu vaccine, Pandemrix, and narcolepsy.
The flu season's most common viral strain has mutated, meaning this year's shots may not fully protect against it. But the so-called "drifted" strain may open up an opportunity for antiviral makers like Roche's Genentech and GlaxoSmithKline, with the CDC urging earlier use of anti-flu drugs to combat potentially severe symptoms.