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AstraZeneca's R&D Trimdown, Points to Shift in The Way Big Pharma Invents

AstraZeneca’s decision to cut 5,050 jobs by 2016 and cease R&D operations at its Alderley Park, UK facility has many wondering where CEO Pascal Soriot plans to take the company. The opening of a new $500 million facility in Cambridge is at once a consolation prize for the UK government’s efforts to placate a skittish […]
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New Non-Profit Alliance of Big Pharma Firms

By Amy Ritter. Ten biopharmaceutical companies announced the formation of a nonprofit organization called TransCelerate BioPharma, the mission of which is to accelerate the development of new medicines by identifying and solving common drug development challenges.
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First Orphan Launch a Challenge for AstraZeneca

Four months after AstraZeneca received FDA approval for vandetanib, a treatment for inoperable medullary thyroid cancer, the company announced the drug’s trade name: Caprelsa. FDA said other proposed names – Zactima, for example – too closely resembled other currently marketed proprietary names. Getting FDA approval on a brand name for vandetanib, AstraZeneca’s very first orphan drug, […]
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Two 'Most Promising' New Drugs Face Setbacks in US

Two of the drugs named “most promising” in Thomson Reuters’ recent quarterly report hit snags in the US, despite European approval. Those two products – AstraZeneca’s Brilique (Brilinta in the US), a blood thinner, and Pharming’s Ruconest (Rhucin in the US) – were held up during FDA’s review process. Brilique (ticagrelor), AstraZeneca’s leading pipeline drug, […]
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MedImmune Bets Its Fate on “Biobetters”

AstraZeneca’s biologics shop makes a decisive move in the biosimilars market. MedImmune, the biologics shop bought by AstraZeneca (AZ) for a staggering $15 billion in 2007 promising one new drug a year for the foundering British firm, has made precious little news since the deal. But all of a sudden the post-Labor Day wires were […]
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