AstraZeneca has signed a $700 million cancer drug deal with Inovio. This is the third deal the huge corporation has made in a week’s time.
AstraZeneca is going places. The large corporation has settled its cancer drug project. Now it has sole rights over an immune boosting medicine which it bought from Inovio. Inovio gets $27.5 million in the first down payment.
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Future installments amounting to a total of $700 million will get made too, according to Reuters. The success of the whole process depends on the INO-3112 drug which aims at eradicating HPV types 16 and 18.
AstraZeneca will have its research team studying the INO-3112 drug. This will occur along with the analysis of other immune therapy drugs. The drug INO-3112 is in the first and second phases of its clinical trials.
They are for cervical, head and neck cancers. It functions by generating killer T-cells that then go on to destroy the tumors. The immune drug triggers the body’s own responses that fight the malignant growths.
The company will get an added fillip as it moves ahead to take the bull by the horns. Competition is heating up and AstraZeneca will have to shape up or ship out.
The story of cancer is one of mankind racking its brains out trying to find a cure for this fatal malady. The style of metastasis of the dreaded disease is haphazard. It does not lend itself to rational analysis or prediction.
The cancer cells are wild and they multiply, according to Bloomberg. To fight tumors, scientists and medical doctors have to apply a multi-pronged approach. There is radiotherapy and chemotherapy. And there is alternative medicine too.
Yet the disease continues to run rampant especially in the developed world. The carcinogens let loose in the environment are the real reason behind the epidemic.
AstraZeneca has signed other deals too which will benefit it in no small way. Cancer treatment is a costly road. And the fact is that the disease is fatal if not stopped dead in its tracks.
This means that patients and their families do all they can to ward off its shadow from their lives. The drugs that will get used in the future include several immune system boosting agents.
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There is hope that a series of vaccines will get made in the future. They will affect the DNA of the cancer patients in a salubrious manner. Cancer is like obesity, appendicitis and depression. It is one of the diseases of civilization. And its eradication will take several years and tons of research.