MedImmune, AstraZeneca's biologics arm, had inked a three-year agreement with the University of California, San Francisco, tapping the school's roster of scientists with hopes of finding promising projects across a bevy of disease areas.
Immunocore's list of collaborators is beginning to look like a Who's Who in Big Pharma. Today the biotech--which is developing T cell immunotherapy technology originally spun out of Oxford--added a deal-hungry AstraZeneca and its biologics team at MedImmune as its latest partner, which will now join Genentech and GlaxoSmithKline in exploring whether the biotech has really found a powerful new approach to engineering an immune system attack on cancer cells.
Unilife is at it again. This time it's Novartis signing a deal with the injectable technology provider, adding to Unilife's impressive list of recent agreements with top pharmaceutical companies Sanofi, MedImmune and Hikma.
The ongoing shuffle-and-cut at AstraZeneca has two U.S. higher-ups headed for the exit. As the Washington Business Journal reports, the company's new specialty care unit will lose its top executive, Scott Carmer, and finance chief, Tim Gray.
Injectable drug delivery specialist Unilife joined forces with AstraZeneca's MedImmune this week to use Unilife's wearable devices with MedImmune's line of large molecules, putting both companies on the leading edge of a potentially profitable market.
The intense R&D focus in biopharma R&D circles on the therapeutic punch of cancer immunotherapies hasn't escaped the notice of top analysts, who are making some megablockbuster projections on the commercial impact these new drugs are likely to have.
AstraZeneca has struck a deal to buy one antibody-drug conjugate developer for up to $440 million while making a $20 million equity bet on another as it continues a global biotech shopping spree to stock its pipeline of cancer drugs.
AstraZeneca is rolling the dice on a $500 million deal--including $225 million upfront--to buy the early-stage cancer immunology specialist Amplimmune for its U.S. biologics arm MedImmune. AstraZeneca is promising up to $275 million in development milestones.
Sanofi and AstraZeneca's biotech unit, MedImmune, have begun shipping vaccines ahead of the fall flu season.
The 2013-14 flu season is set to be the most closely watched in years. In February, FDA cleared the use of quadrivalent vaccines which protect against two A and two B strains. GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca began gearing up, and Sanofi will now join them too.