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Moderna and Medison Pharma Collaborate to Commercialize Moderna's COVID-19 Vaccine in Central Eastern Europe and Israel

Moderna | June 08, 2021

Moderna, Inc., a biotechnology company that pioneered messenger RNA (mRNA) therapeutics and vaccines, and Medison Pharma, a leading commercial partner for highly innovative therapies in international markets, announced today a new agreement to commercialize the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine in Central Eastern Europe and Israel.

Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Serbia, Ukraine, Moldova, Albania, Bosnia, and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Israel are among the nations included by the pact.

"We are excited to work with Moderna in 20 markets, covering over 175 million people across the whole Central Eastern Europe region and in Israel," stated Meir Jakobsohn, Medison Pharma's Founder and CEO. "With Moderna's ground-breaking mRNA vaccine and Medison's international commercialization platform for highly innovative treatments, our collaboration is a perfect fit."

"We value this new collaboration with Medison Pharma to ensure the successful launch of our mRNA COVID-19 vaccine," stated Corinne Le Goff, Pharm.D., M.B.A., Chief Commercial Officer of Moderna. "By delivering our vaccines in collaboration with our partners, we stay consistent in our commitment to fighting the pandemic."

About Medison Pharma
Medison is a global pharmaceutical company that focuses on commercializing highly innovative therapies in international markets. Medison offers a full range of integrated services for companies looking to establish a presence in international markets, drawing on a 25-year track record and collaborations with major biotech companies.
Medison also has a corporate venture arm with a dedicated research and evaluation team with significant scientific and commercial expertise.

About Moderna
Moderna has evolved from a science research-stage company advancing programs in the field of messenger RNA (mRNA) to an enterprise with a diverse clinical portfolio of vaccines and therapeutics across six modalities, a broad intellectual property portfolio in areas such as mRNA and lipid nanoparticle formulation, and an integrated manufacturing plant. Moderna maintains alliances with a diverse range of domestic & global government and commercial collaborators, allowing for the pursuit of both ground-breaking science and rapid manufacturing scale.

Spotlight

In 1992, with the support of the biopharmaceutical industry, Congress created the 340B Drug Discount Program to help uninsured and vulnerable patients gain access to affordable prescription drugs. As part of the law, drug manufacturers provide discounts on outpatient medicines and treatments to select health care entities  often referred to as safety-net providers. The program was necessitated by changes to the Medicaid program that precluded drug makers from continuing to offer steep discounts to safetynet providers voluntarily, as they previously had done. Over the years, however, there have been growing concerns that this program has expanded well past the intent of Congress and that patients may not be seeing the benefits they deserve.

Spotlight

In 1992, with the support of the biopharmaceutical industry, Congress created the 340B Drug Discount Program to help uninsured and vulnerable patients gain access to affordable prescription drugs. As part of the law, drug manufacturers provide discounts on outpatient medicines and treatments to select health care entities  often referred to as safety-net providers. The program was necessitated by changes to the Medicaid program that precluded drug makers from continuing to offer steep discounts to safetynet providers voluntarily, as they previously had done. Over the years, however, there have been growing concerns that this program has expanded well past the intent of Congress and that patients may not be seeing the benefits they deserve.

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Nephron and Sharps Announce Manufacturing and Research Partnership

Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation | November 15, 2022

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Merck Enters Collaboration and Option to License Agreement with Nerviano Medical Sciences to Develop Next-Generation PARP1 Selective Inhibitor

Merck | September 22, 2022

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Accord BioPharma Partners with StoryMD to Deliver Advanced Prostate Cancer Educational Content to Clinicians and Patients

Accord BioPharma | September 21, 2022

Accord BioPharma, the U.S. specialty division of Intas Pharmaceuticals, Ltd., focused on development of oncology, immunology, and critical care therapies, announced today a partnership with StoryMD. The StoryMD platform is a single, unified, personalized digital health information portfolio that curates the most relevant, visually rich content based on a patient's condition. Accord BioPharma has signed on as StoryMD's very first corporate partner, to support StoryMD's advanced prostate cancer content, allowing Accord BioPharma to provide a comprehensive, user-friendly tool to help patients and their caregivers navigate advanced prostate cancer, just in time for prostate cancer awareness month this September. "At Accord BioPharma, we recognize the need to go beyond biology – and beyond our responsibility of drug development – to help change the clinician and patient experience at all touchpoints in the care continuum where we can," said Chrys Kokino, President of U.S. BioPharma at Accord BioPharma. "StoryMD exemplifies that mission by providing clinicians with clear, easy-to-understand visuals, videos, and health information that help their patients understand their disease journey. Partnering with StoryMD on their advanced prostate cancer content felt like a natural fit given our recent drug launch." In March of this year, Accord BioPharma announced the U.S. launch of CAMCEVI® (leuprolide) 42mg injection emulsion for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer in adults. CAMCEVI should not be used in patients with hypersensitivity to GnRN, GnRH agonist analogs as anaphylactic reactions to these drugs have been reported in the medical literature. Accord BioPharma is heading all commercial initiatives in the U.S. and Canada. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the New Drug Application (NDA) of CAMCEVI from Foresee Pharmaceuticals on May 25, 2021. Through a vast library of curated, clinically accurate disease-state information, graphics, and videos, StoryMD enables physicians to share an easy-to-understand disease journey with patients at the point of care, which can help increase patient retention of information and engagement, improve physician efficiency, and reduce the amount of misinformation patients may seek out on their own. "Accord BioPharma is making efforts to provide important patient and provider education in pursuit of our aim to offer latest treatment options to patients of advanced prostate cancer and we look forward to our collaboration with StoryMD to provide comprehensive and user-friendly tools for patients and care givers" said Binish Chudgar, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd, which is the parent company of Accord BioPharma. "Every once in a while, you meet a person and a partner who has a vision. Chrys Kokino has that vision to go beyond drug development and sees the value in advancing technology rather than being afraid of it. And that's exactly what we want – partners who recognize the gap in communication between physicians and patients and who want to work together to close that gap and fill an unmet need." Alexander Tsiaras, CEO and Founder at StoryMD On the importance of prostate cancer awareness, Tsiaras said, "I have a family member who works in the medical field, and when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, it was amazing how little he knew. Cancer is such a confusing and overwhelming disease – 'Do I wait and watch? Should I be aggressive in treatment?' So, even for the most educated among us, it is a scary moment. Accord BioPharma and StoryMD are working together to go beyond offering patients drug options to impart knowledge and serve as a trusted resource." About Accord BioPharma Accord BioPharma, the U.S. specialty division of Intas Pharmaceuticals, Ltd., seeks to provide affordable, accessible, patient-centric therapies in oncology, immunology, and critical care. With a focus on improving the patient's experience, Accord BioPharma goes beyond the biology of medicine to see disease from the patient's perspective and develop high-quality therapies that impact patient's lives. The founders of Accord BioPharma have dedicated their time, passion, and resources to focusing on specialty care and treatments, proactively developing better ways of working, and delivering enhanced therapies. About CAMCEVI® CAMCEVI® injection emulsion is the first-ever ready-to-inject sterile formulation of leuprolide mesylate for subcutaneous injection that comes in a pre-filled syringe with no mixing required. In an open-label, single-arm study of 137 adults who received 42mg of CAMCEVI on Day 0 and Week 24, CAMCEVI offered consistent testosterone suppression to castrate levels (less than or equal to 50ng/dL) after the initial injection, from Week 4 to Week 48.1 CAMCEVI should not be used in patients with hypersensitivity to GnRH or GnRH analogs due to possible anaphylactic reactions.

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