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Eisai’s Lenvatinib receives FDA Priority Review

Friday, January 22, 2016

Eisai has announced that the FDA has accepted for Priority Review the supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for lenvatinib for the potential treatment of patients with unresectable advanced or metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) in combination with everolimus following one prior vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-targeted therapy. The FDA had previously granted lenvatinib Breakthrough Therapy designation for this investigational indication. Breakthrough Therapy designation is reserved for drugs with preliminary clinical evidence that indicates the drug, alone or in combination, may demonstrate a substantial improvement over existing therapies for the treatment of a serious condition.

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FDA approves Kyprolis therapy for multiple myeloma

Friday, January 22, 2016

Amgen has announced that the FDA has approved the supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) of Kyprolis (carfilzomib) for Injection in combination with dexamethasone or with lenalidomide plus dexamethasone for the treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma who have received one to three lines of therapy. The FDA also approved Kyprolis as a single agent for the treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma who have received one or more lines of therapy. This FDA decision converts to full approval the initial accelerated approval Kyprolis received in July 2012 as a single agent.

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FDA grants Priority Review for Genentech’s Venetoclax NDA

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The FDA has accepted the New Drug Application (NDA) and granted Priority Review for Roche Group member Genentech’s venetoclax for the treatment of people with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) who have received at least one prior therapy, including those with 17p deletion. Venetoclax is a small molecule inhibitor of the BCL-2 protein being developed in partnership with AbbVie, and was granted Breakthrough Therapy designation by the FDA in April 2015 for the treatment of people with previously treated (relapsed or refractory) CLL with 17p deletion.

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Mass Innovation Labs may spur partnerships

Monday, January 11, 2016

Mass Innovation Labs, an accelerated commercialization space, has signed 10 member companies since opening its doors in May 2015, including CRISPR Therapeutics, Imagen Biopharma, Gritstone Oncology, WaveGuide, Radius Health, TCR2 and Editas. Mass Innovation Labs’ member companies account for more than $1 billion in startup R&D capital in one location, and have achieved many important milestones after receiving operational support through the Jumpstart program.

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