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Joseph Haas

Joseph Haas is a senior writer for Informa’s pharmaceutical news publications, with more than eight years covering the biopharmaceutical industry. He previously worked in public affairs for a real estate trade association and wrote about housing and real estate before moving into healthcare. Most recently, he was managing editor of a newsletter publisher, leading its coverage of the implementation of the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit. Joe’s areas of expertise include business development, mergers and acquisitions, infectious diseases and liver diseases, including hepatitis C, hepatitis B and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). He edits the popular Deal Watch column and enjoys profiling start-up companies. 

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Ocular’s Dry Eye Drug Fails In Phase II, But It Isn’t Giving Up Yet

Company hopes a different formulation of its intracanicular insert of cyclosporin might provide longer duration of drug in the eye and better tear production with it.

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Deal Watch: J&J Partners On Bispecific Antibody R&D With F-Star, Xencor

Janssen Biotech adds to its bispecific antibody pipeline for cancer via pair of collaborations. Ipsen and Accent pair up to investigate new target for acute myeloid leukemia.

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Antibiotics With Bacteria-Specific, Rather Than Site-Specific, Indication Headed To US FDA

Entasis is seeking a pathogen-specific approval for its antibiotic/beta lactamase inhibitor candidate rather than an indication specific the site of an infection. Achaogen’s earlier failure to do the same may have helped set a path.

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Entasis Anticipates First FDA Approval Of Pathogen-Specific Antibacterial

With Phase III data showing non-inferiority to colistin, as well as nephrotoxicity superiority, Entasis thinks sulbactam/durlobactam will provide a new standard of care and succeed where Achaogen’s Zemdri failed.

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Asia Deal Watch: Hansoh Teams Up With OliX On SIRNA Therapies

Among other Asia deals, Takeda adds to pair of recent gene therapy tie-ups with a CNS-focused cell therapy partnership with Immusoft; earlier it licensed ex-US rights to JCR’s Hunter syndrome drug.

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Exelixis Moves Into RNA-Modifying Cancer Therapy With Storm Pact

Deal Snapshot: In addition to investigating the ADAR1 target with the UK biotech, Exelixis also has optioned a second candidate for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma under its 2019 deal with Aurigene.

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