R&D In Brief: Imaging Agent Approvals, EULAR Updates, Post-ASCO Cancer Data
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily
FDA approves new oncology imaging agents and a long-acting hemophilia drug; Sanofi/Regeneron present positive Phase III on RA drug sarilumab; biosimilar infliximab shows no meaningful differences to Remicade; Imbruvica response rates improved with umblituximab; Cyramza fails survival endpoint in liver cancer.
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