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Sanofi and Regeneron in immuno-oncology push

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Regeneron is expanding its partnership with Sanofi

Pharma giants Sanofi and Regeneron are extending the partnership that brought new heart drug Praluent to the market, with a $2 billion deal to develop new antibodies to treat cancer.

This week the companies’ high cholesterol drug, Praluent (alirocumab) earned approval by the FDA and a positive recommendation from the EMA. The drug is a human monoclonal antibody targeting a protein called PCSK9 (proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9).

BMS sues Merck over new melanoma drug

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Things are getting ugly between Bristol-Myers Squibb and Merck as the former company began legal proceedings against the latter over its new drug, which gained approval just last week.

In fact BMS filed the lawsuit against Merck’s new melanoma treatment Keytruda (pembrolizumab) on the same day it was approved by the FDA.

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