According to new research, Merck's investigational, 9-valent HPV vaccine has the potential to block about 90% of invasive cervical cancer cases worldwide. But realizing that potential will be no piece of cake.
Merck's investigational, 9-valent HPV vaccine has the potential to block about 90% of invasive cervical cancer cases worldwide, new research shows. But getting there will be no walk in the park. First, the company will have to solve some uptake problems that have been plaguing the candidate's predecessor, Gardasil, since it rolled out in 2006.
Backed by the insights of a high-profile MIT scientist with a lead antibody now poised to make an assault on a Phase II proof-of-concept study, Visterra has rounded up a $30 million venture round for its next-gen work on infectious diseases from a marquee group of investors and now plans to beef up the pipeline.
The European Society for Medical Oncology meeting may not be as enormous as its U.S. counterpart, but plenty of news is flowing. And some of the new data presented in Madrid over the weekend is pretty dramatic.
Over the weekend oncology investigators from all around the world gathered in Madrid at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) 2014 Congress to review the latest advances--and setbacks--in the fast-moving field of cancer drug research. As usual, the big companies dominated the discussions, as rival oncology groups touted new data as they tried to position competing therapies in the global scramble to develop new and better cancer drugs, now one of the hottest fields in R&D.
The debate around use of Merck's Gardasil in the United Kingdom is ratcheting up ahead of a meeting of the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisation (JCVI) in October.
The European Commission approved Merck Animal Health's poultry vaccine NOBILIS IB Primo QX to help protect chickens against viral infectious bronchitis.
With pharma companies fretting about the cost of co-developing biomarkers for cancer drugs during early development, Merck staffers have proposed a novel solution: Pay for patients to have their tumors sequenced. Survey data suggest patients are open to the idea.
Merck's new, once-a-week treatment for diabetes measured up to the company's top-selling Januvia in its first Phase III test, setting the stage for a Japanese regulatory application and stoking the drugmaker's hopes of another blockbuster in the space.
Merck is investing €80 million ($107.67 million) in a new plant in China to make treatments for diabetes and other conditions and to realize its aspirations there. But it appears it is looking to India as a way to cut production costs on some of its older products.