After diving deep into the amyloid beta theory on Alzheimer's and coming up empty-handed--so far--Johnson & Johnson is partnering with Switzerland's AC Immune on an early-stage therapeutic vaccine that targets tau tangles as a prime suspect in triggering the memory-wasting ailment.
If you've watched television lately, you know that Pfizer and Bristol-Myers have been spending a lot of money on advertising to back their new anticoagulant, Eliquis. So have rival Boehringer Ingelheim, with its Pradaxa drug, and Bayer and Johnson & Johnson with Xarelto.
Johnson & Johnson's Crucell is officially out of the cholera space, and France's Valneva is in. And that means it's Valneva that's about to inherit some hefty competition that's coming up through its rivals' pipelines.
Johnson & Johnson started Phase I trials Tuesday for its Ebola vaccine, which its Janssen subsidiary developed in collaboration with Denmark's Bavarian Nordic. But does J&J's candidate come too late to catch up with its rivals and help combat the current epidemic?
You can now count Johnson & Johnson among the roster of big companies to ally itself with Isis Pharmaceuticals' R&D group. J&J has stepped up with an $835 million pact to develop new drugs for autoimmune diseases of the gastrointestinal tract with the RNA specialists at Isis.
If 2014 was the year of the emboldened U.S. payer, then 2015 promises to be the year of the pharma negotiator.
In the coming year, you can expect to see a lot more work being done on Asian deals, particularly for China. Through the course of this past year there have been growing signs of this global evolution.
The J&J Innovation center in California has helped orchestrate a deal with San Diego-based Sevion Therapeutics to develop new antibodies for a Janssen affiliate, CNA Development.
Johnson & Johnson and Lundbeck are throwing some scientific muscle behind a new initiative at the Wellcome Trust which enlisted researchers at 7 top academic research institutions in an effort to determine what role the immune system and inflammation play in depression and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.
Johnson & Johnson is fronting $125 million to gain the worldwide license on a bispecific cancer drug from MacroGenics, with up to $575 million more promised in prospective milestones for a successful development program. And the biotech says that the deal marks the beginning of a new program for a drug designed to stir a T cell attack against blood cancers.