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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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No Read-Through Expected: NASH Field Unfazed By Intercept’s FDA Rejection

Execs from Madrigal, Cirius and Axcella say the FDA’s complete response letter is specific to shortcomings of Intercept’s OCA – and leaves the race to be first to market wide open again.

Business Strategies Drug Approval Standards

Akero Histology Data Could Be Best In Class For NASH

Follow-up Phase IIa data shows strong antifibrotic and NASH-resolution effects for Akero’s efruxifermin, an FGF21 analog. Analysts are calling the drug potentially best in class.

Clinical Trials Research & Development

Intercept CRL Likely About OCA-Specific Concerns, Not NASH Endpoints

The US FDA complete response letter for Intercept’s obeticholic acid raised speculation that the agency might be rethinking approvable endpoints for NASH. But analysts generally think OCA’s unspectacular efficacy data is behind the decision.

Complete Response Letters Drug Approval Standards

Intercept’s CRL Just Continues Upheaval In NASH

With approval timeline for OCA now thoroughly unclear and Genfit on the ropes, might the top spot in NASH end up with Galmed, AbbVie, Madrigal, Inventiva or Gilead instead?

Drug Approval Standards Business Strategies

AbbVie Expected To Ditch Abicipar After US FDA Setback

With a complete response letter for wet AMD drug abicipar, AbbVie is expected to move on from the drug acquired with Allergan. Molecular Partners now seems inclined to focus on IO, virology.

Drug Safety Regulation

Asia Deal Watch: Betta Will Bring Two Agenus Oncology Candidates To Its Market Area

Also, deals involving Immunomic, Replicate, Biocon, DKSH, Genor, G1, Daiichi Sankyo, Esperion, Alteogen, Gelesis, China Medical System Holdings, Sosei and EverInsight.

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