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Feb 6 2019

AVROBIO, Inc. Announces Updated Clinical Data from Ongoing Phase 1 and Phase 2 Studies for AVR-RD-01 Gene Therapy for Fabry Disease

Feb 6 2019

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 6, 2019– AVROBIO, Inc. (Nasdaq: AVRO) (the “Company”), a Phase 2 clinical-stage gene therapy company, today announced clinical trial updates from the ongoing investigator-sponsored Phase 1 clinical study and the AVROBIO-sponsored Phase 2 clinical trial of AVR-RD-01. AVR-RD-01 is an investigational gene therapy candidate designed to treat Fabry disease by inserting the GLA gene that encodes functional α-galactosidase A (AGA, the enzyme that is deficient in patients with Fabry disease) with the goal of enabling continuous endogenous AGA production and distribution to tissues and organs.

“Today’s update shows a consistent readout across multiple surrogate markers that support the potential of AVR-RD-01 to address the genetic basis of Fabry disease,” said Birgitte Volck, MD, PhD, AVROBIO’s President of Research and Development. We believe these results are significant because the data reported show sustained AGA enzyme levels with associated reductions in substrate and metabolite levels. This suggests that our gene therapy exerts its effects as intended in patients previously treated with ERT, as well as in treatment-naïve patients. Taken together, these clinical data represent a growing body of evidence of the therapeutic potential of AVR-RD-01 as a gene therapy for patients with Fabry disease.”

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Jan 26 2019

BridgeBio Pharma Closes $299.2 Million Financing Round to Support Its Efforts to Target Genetic Disease at the Source

Jan 26 2019

PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BridgeBio Pharma, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on genetic diseases, today announced a new financing round of $299.2 million. The round was co-led by existing investors KKR and Viking Global Investors. Other existing investors participating included Perceptive Advisors, AIG, Aisling Capital, Cormorant Capital, and Hercules Capital; and they were joined by new investors Sequoia Capital, and a blue-chip long-term investor. The financing will be used to support BridgeBio Pharma’s existing drug research and development programs and expand its efforts to rapidly develop medicines for patients with unmet needs.

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Jan 24 2019

Medtronic to Acquire EPIX Therapeutics, Expanding Its Cardiac Ablation Portfolio

Jan 24 2019

DUBLIN – January 24, 2019 – Medtronic plc (NYSE: MDT) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire EPIX Therapeutics, Inc. (EPIX), a privately-held medical device company that designs and manufactures a novel, catheter-based, temperature-controlled cardiac ablation system for the treatment of patients with cardiac arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), including atrial fibrillation (AF). When completed, the EPIX acquisition will expand the Medtronic cardiac ablation portfolio to offer physicians a comprehensive suite of tools to treat patients with cardiac arrhythmias.

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Jan 15 2019

TransEnterix Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Senhance Ultrasonic System

Jan 15 2019

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 15, 2019– TransEnterix, Inc. (NYSE American:TRXC), a medical device company that is digitizing the interface between surgeons and patients to improve minimally invasive surgery, today announced the Company received FDA 510(k) clearance for its Senhance™ Ultrasonic System.

“Advanced energy devices are used within a high percentage of cases across a wide range of procedures, which make them a critical tool for laparoscopic surgeons,” said Todd M. Pope, TransEnterix president and CEO. “We believe the addition of the Senhance Ultrasonic System is significant and broadens the attractiveness of the Senhance platform and digital laparoscopy for surgeons in the U.S.” Advanced energy devices, including ultrasonic devices, represent some of the most versatile and critical tools for surgeons in minimally invasive surgery. These instruments deliver controlled energy to effectively ligate and divide tissue, and minimize thermal injury to surrounding structures. The Company’s Senhance Ultrasonic System is now available in the U.S., as well as all countries that accept a CE Mark.

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Jan 7 2019

Lilly Announces Agreement To Acquire Loxo Oncology

Jan 7 2019

Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) and Loxo Oncology, Inc. (NASDAQ: LOXO) today announced a definitive agreement for Lilly to acquire Loxo Oncology for $235.00 per share in cash, or approximately $8.0 billion. Loxo Oncology is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of highly selective medicines for patients with genomically defined cancers.

The acquisition would be the largest and latest in a series of transactions Lilly has conducted to broaden its cancer treatment efforts with externally sourced opportunities for first-in-class and best-in-class therapies. Loxo Oncology is developing a pipeline of targeted medicines focused on cancers that are uniquely dependent on single gene abnormalities that can be detected by genomic testing. For patients with cancers that harbor these genomic alterations, a targeted medicine could have the potential to treat the cancer with dramatic effect.

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Jan 4 2019

Nabriva Therapeutics Announces Acceptance of the New Drug Application for Intravenous CONTEPO™ to Treat Complicated Urinary Tract Infections by FDA

Jan 4 2019

DUBLIN, Ireland, Jan. 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nabriva Therapeutics plc (NASDAQ: NBRV), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company engaged in the research and development of innovative anti-infective agents to treat serious infections, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the New Drug Application (NDA) and granted a priority review for CONTEPO™ (fosfomycin for injection) to treat complicated urinary tract infections (cUTIs), including acute pyelonephritis. The acceptance of the NDA indicates that the FDA has deemed the application sufficiently complete to allow a substantive review. The PDUFA (Prescription Drug User Fee Act) goal date for the completion of the FDA’s review of the CONTEPO NDA is June 30, 2019. In addition to priority review, CONTEPO has been granted Qualified Infectious Disease Product (QIDP) and Fast Track designations by the FDA for the treatment of several serious infections, including cUTI.

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Dec 21 2018

Aimmune Therapeutics Submits BLA to FDA for AR101 for the Treatment of Peanut Allergy in Children and Adolescents Ages 4–17

Dec 21 2018

BRISBANE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 21, 2018– Aimmune Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: AIMT), a biopharmaceutical company developing treatments for potentially life-threatening food allergies, today announced that it has submitted a Biologics License Application (BLA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for AR101, an investigational biologic oral immunotherapy for the treatment of peanut allergy in children and adolescents ages 4–17. The FDA granted AR101 Fast Track Designation for peanut allergy in September 2014 and Breakthrough Therapy Designation for peanut allergy in ages 4–17 in June 2015.

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Dec 19 2018

AVROBIO Receives Orphan-Drug Designation from the U.S. FDA for AVR-RD-01 for the Treatment of Fabry Disease

Dec 19 2018

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AVROBIO, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVRO) (the “Company”), a Phase 2 clinical-stage gene therapy company developing gene therapies to potentially cure rare diseases with a single dose, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan-drug designation for the Company’s investigational gene therapy, AVR-RD-01, for the treatment of Fabry disease. The gene therapy consists of the patient’s own hematopoietic stem cells transduced with AVROBIO’s lentiviral vector, carrying a functional version of the GLA gene that encodes α‑galactosidase A (AGA) – the enzyme that is deficient in Fabry disease. Patients with Fabry disease are currently enrolling in AVRO-RD-01-201, the Company’s Phase 2 clinical trial (FAB-201), as well as in an investigator-sponsored Phase 1 study.

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Dec 11 2018

Aeglea BioTherapeutics Announces Design of Pivotal Phase 3 PEACE Trial Evaluating Pegzilarginase in Arginase 1 Deficiency

Dec 11 2018

AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Aeglea BioTherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AGLE), a clinical-stage biotechnology company that designs and develops innovative human enzyme therapeutics for patients with rare genetic diseases and cancer, today announced the design of its global pivotal Phase 3 PEACE (Pegzilarginase Effect on Arginase 1 Deficiency Clinical Endpoints) trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of pegzilarginase, the Company’s lead investigational therapy, in patients with Arginase 1 Deficiency (ARG1-D). The Company has aligned the trial design and endpoints with input from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), and plans to conduct a single, global pivotal trial to support registration. Aeglea expects to dose the first patient in the PEACE trial in the second quarter of 2019 and expects topline data will be available in the first quarter of 2021.

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Dec 10 2018

Biohaven Announces Positive Results from Ongoing Rimegepant Long-Term Safety Study

Dec 10 2018

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Dec. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Ltd. (NYSE: BHVN) today announced initial positive results from its ongoing long-term, open-label safety study of its oral calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) receptor antagonist, rimegepant, for the acute treatment of migraine. Based upon this interim analysis (database cutoff of November 21, 2018) of Study BHV3000-201 (NCT03266588 or “Study 201”) it appears that rimegepant may be safe and well tolerated with long-term dosing in patients with migraine. In this study, patients are allowed to treat migraine attacks of all severities (mild to severe) up to once daily for up to a full year.

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