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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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Deal Watch: Allergan Keeps After Hair Loss With Exicure Deal

Allergan has tried to go after alopecia in the past; Exicure brings a new spherical nucleic acid (SNA) technology. In other recent deals, AstraZeneca sells Seroquel, Losec rights to Germany’s Cheplapharm.

Deals Business Strategies

Novartis, Pfizer Advance Their NASH Ambitions Separately, As Partners

Novartis thinks tropifexor may prove to be best-in-class FXR agonist, while Pfizer notes the complementary activity of its ACC and DGAT2 inhibitors. Their NASH trial collaboration is heading toward a Phase II launch in 2020.

Business Strategies Research and Development Strategies

Cirius’ Mixed Phase IIb Results In NASH Don’t Quell Its Enthusiasm For Phase III

Privately held biotech plans to move insulin sensitizer into Phase III with ambitious goals of obtaining accelerated approval based on liver histology, while also trying to show long-term cardiovascular benefits.

Clinical Trials Business Strategies

Gilead Moves On From Selonsertib, Looks To ATLAS To Map Its NASH Future

Gilead detailed its Phase III failure with ASK1 inhibitor selonsertib in NASH, but anticipates finding a new regimen to take into Phase III in NASH with the ATLAS combination study data expected in December.

Clinical Trials Business Strategies

Intercept Says Data Indicate Pruritus Worries In NASH Could Be Overstated

Patient-reported outcomes indicate patients don’t see itch as a major quality-of-life factor. Intercept also reports that adding earlier-stage patients to review of OCA shows better data on resolving NASH.

Clinical Trials Safety

Scynexis’ Phase III Success Brings New Antifungal Class Closer To Approval

Biotech plans to file its first-in-class triterpenoid agent for approval in 2020 following a second Phase III study in acute vulvovaginal candidiasis. Beyond that, it hopes for a supplemental approval in recurrent VVC.

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