In this issue of GOLD, we’re taking a look at the top news stories that have emerged during the past few months, which we believe are having the most profound impact on the pharmaceutical industry. As can be seen below, the COVID-19 pandemic is front and centre, but notable collaborations, acquisitions, and appointments are still taking place behind the scenes.
The World Health Organization (WHO) names the new strain of the coronavirus, COVID-19.
Gilead Sciences launches clinical trial studies into their Investigational Antiviral Ebola Drug, Remdesivir, for the treatment of COVID-19.
Merck KGaA enter into a partnership with the German technology company AMCM, who have developed 3D printed tablets, which Merck would like to test for use in digitised clinical trials of the future.
Gilead announces its acquisition of Forty-Seven, Inc. for $4.9 billion, a move to strength their immuno-oncology R&D portfolio.
Thermo Fisher expands its diagnostic capabilities with a $11.5 billion takeover of Qiagen, a diagnostics test manufacturer who are currently developing testing kits for COVID-19.
AstraZeneca appoints their Senior Vice President of Global Respiratory and Immunology, Tom Keith-Roach, to head the UK branch as President.
The first human clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine takes place: Moderna’s mRNA-1273, which uses a genetic form of the virus’ genome.
AbbVie strikes a deal with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to move ahead with its $63 billion pending acquisition of Allergan, potentially rendering AbbVie the fourth-largest global drug maker.
NICE appoints their Deputy Chief Executive, Gillian Leng, as the new Chief Executive, succeeding their long-standing CEO, Sir Andrew Dillion.
Eli Lilly, Johnson and Johnson, Roche, Sanofi, and Takeda all state the industry’s commitment to combatting COVID-19, promising affordable therapies and global access once available.
Takeda enters a rare disease collaboration with exosome therapeutics company, Evox, pledging $882 million of funding as a part of the deal.
GSK buys a $250 million stake in Vir Biotechnology in order to accelerate the work of their platform, which is being used to identify antibody candidates for a COVID-19 vaccine.