Ayisha joined Scrip in 2021 after working as an investigative reporter at GlobalData's pharmaceutical news platform, BioPharm Insight, where she covered the beats of hematology, oncology and rare diseases. She holds an MA in Philosophy from the University College London. Ayisha is especially interested in the clinical landscape for rare diseases. Outside of work, she has written for several lifestyle and culture publications including The Kraze and M&S Vmag.
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The UK major will work with the US biotech to develop up to three precision medicines targeting cancer proteins previously thought undruggable via conventional methods.
The firm’s lead asset, reproxalap, one-upped Novartis’s Xiidra in a mid-stage ophthalmology study, signalling its first-line promise in a market ridden with compliance issues.
Expected return on investment for pharma firms jumped sharply to 7% in 2021, driven largely by COVID-19 R&D but even when the pandemic's impact was stripped out, there was an increase in core R&D productivity compared with 2020, a new report from Deloitte has found. The average cost of developing a drug also declined from 2020 to 2021.
The German major will collaborate with the US biotech to develop CRISPR gene-editing therapies, solidifying its interest in next-generation therapeutics.
The firm’s lead candidate has shown strong tolerability in an early-stage trial for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, sparking hopes for registration-enabling studies and a streamlined development plan.
The firm has stumped up $60m for Ionis’s preclinical antisense asset in spinal muscular atrophy, a potential successor to the slowing Spinraza, which also faces patent expiry in a few years.