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Roche picks up a new autoimmune drug with $580M Adheron deal

Roche is investing in an early-stage project that takes a novel approach to treating autoimmune diseases, agreeing to pay up to $580 million for California's Adheron Therapeutics.

Is Google a competitor or partner to Big Pharma? Roche's CEO doesn't know, yet

The advance of Google and other tech firms into life sciences has given drug developers a new source of partners with complementary skills, but also raised an awkward question: Long term, are these companies allies or rivals? For Roche CEO Severin Schwan, the answer is still unclear.  

Roche looks to shake up the MS market with some promising Phase III data

Roche's much-hyped multiple sclerosis treatment ocrelizumab kept up its momentum with the release of detailed late-stage data, burnishing hopes the injected drug is a blockbuster in the making.

Experts push for trials to evaluate Roche, GSK flu drugs' pandemic potential

Critics have long questioned the effectiveness of Roche and GlaxoSmithKline's flu drugs, asking whether their benefits justify the estimated $2 billion spent to stockpile them for potential epidemics. Now, heading into flu season, scientists have an answer: No one knows. 

Roche CEO: Big Data needs Big Pharma, and vice versa

Count Roche CEO Severin Schwan among those who see digital partnerships as the way Big Pharma can finally take advantage of Big Data. And to his mind, tech companies really need to take advantage of pharma's expertise if they want to get ahead in healthcare.

Shanghai-based biotech Ark Biosciences successfully completes PhI on RSV candidate

Venture-backed Ark Biosciences has successfully completed a Phase I clinical trial of work on anti-respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) candidate AK0529, hitting a key milestone for the respiratory viral infection and viral hepatitis focused company.

U.K. patient group demands government override Roche's Kadcyla patents

Roche has been facing pricing pushback for its breast cancer drug Kadcyla in the U.K., with the country's cost watchdog nixing the med last year and the Cancer Drugs Fund recently rejecting it from its covered list. Now, patients are voicing their discontent, calling on Britain's health minister to override the company's Kadcyla patents and open the door for lower-priced copies.

Roche poised for MS coup with PhIII success in progressive disease

Roche's experimental therapy, ocrelizumab, recently posted positive Phase III data in patients with primary progressive multiple sclerosis, a less common form of the disease--affecting about 10% to 20% of sufferers--that right now remains untreated.

Roche poised for MS coup with success in hard-to-treat progressive form

Roche is aiming to break into the multiple sclerosis field with ocrelizumab, an investigational therapy that marks the Swiss pharma giant's first foray into the disease area. And despite the big guns competing in the space, Roche may be able to corner a piece of the market for itself.

Roche wins kudos for game-changing atezolizumab cancer data

Roche released two more batches of promising outcomes for cancer patients taking its keenly followed PD-L1 checkpoint inhibitor atezolizumab, setting the stage for an accelerated approval campaign on both sides of the Atlantic as one expert in the field touts the pharma giant's chances of realigning the way lung cancer is treated.