Pfizer says employee stole confidential COVID-19 vaccine documents 

Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) accused a former employee Chun Xiao (Sherry) Li of uploading 12,000 documents from a company-issued laptop to a personal Google Drive account and various personal devices.

In a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, Pfizer also accuses Li of misleading the company about what she did with the files she reportedly took, which included sensitive intellectual property.

The alleged stolen documents pertain to “numerous Pfizer vaccines, drugs, and other innovations,” including its COVID-19 vaccine and avelumab and elranatamab monoclonal antibodies.

The company jointly developed the COVID-19 vaccine with BioNTech. Pfizer jointly developed avelumab (Bavencio) with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. The drug won FDA approval in 2020.

The bispecific monoclonal antibody elranatamab remains in the clinic.

The lawsuit notes that Pfizer…

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Immunotherapy against cancer: Challenge and opportunities

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With some of the recently developed drugs showing unprecedented response rates and consistent improvement in overall survival in some indications, we face the dawn of a new era in anticancer research. New therapeutic targets, novel classes of products, booming and competing pipelines, innovative statistical methods, and a changing regulatory environment are all features of this new era.  

More than ever, we need clinical trials that can incorporate the required innovations into their design, conduct, infrastructure and analysis. Fortunately, specialist CROs stand ready to take what they have learned from the past 10 years of oncology drug development and apply it to the new world in which we find ourselves. 

These CROs already know how to meet the challenges of segmented study populations and an increasingly competitive development landscape, how to implement complex and adaptive…

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