Spotlight

Updated: Feb 11



GOLD looks back at the pharmaceutical industry’s top news stories from the past few months, covering topics such as the latest COVID-19 developments, the most prominent drug approvals and the most prestigious mergers and acquisitions



21 October

New report by IndexBox reveals that 2021 global vaccine trade surpasses $42bn.


25 October

Roche and Foundation Medicine launch a genomic profiling kit.


27 October

Takeda acquires London-based biotechnology company GammaDelta Therapeutics.


29 October

Novartis’ Scemblix (asciminib) gains FDA approval for the treatment of chronic myeloid leukaemia.


01 November

Novavax receives its first emergency use authorisation for its COVID-19 vaccine in Indonesia.


04 November

MHRA authorises Merck and Ridgeback’s oral COVID-19 antiviral Lagevrio (molnupiravir).


05 November

Pfizer’s COVID-19 antiviral treatment shows 89% reduction in hospitalisation and death risk.


08 November

Sanofi invests up to $60m in retinal gene therapy company Gyroscope Therapeutics.


12 November

Novartis launches unique initiative to supply low- and lower-middle-income countries with affordable access to COVID-19 treatments.


16 November

Pfizer signs deal with Medicines Patent Pool to increase access to its COVID-19 treatment for lower-income countries.


17 November

FDA approves Merck’s Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for adjuvant treatment for certain patients with renal cell carcinoma.


18 November

Novo Nordisk announces acquisition of Massachusetts-based Dicerna Pharmaceuticals for $3.3bn.