Hope in cancer therapy: Radiopharmaceuticals making a comeback

Systemic radioactive medicines were first employed as therapies for cancer in the 1940s, when physicians utilized radioactive iodine for the treatment of thyroid cancer. However, the lack of potency and side effects relegated radiopharmaceuticals to the sidelines.

The advent of commercially available antibody-directed radiotherapeutics began at the turn of this century with the approval of Zevalin and Bexxar. But several key challenges—including the need for specialized facilities, equipment, and expertise—limited their commercial success.

Radiopharmaceuticals making a comebackBiopharma Dealmakers—a Nature publication—reports that the narrative has evolved dramatically with the advent of second-generation marvels such as Xofigo and Pluvicto. These advanced treatments, designed with enhanced safety and efficacy, have sparked a surge in investment and dealmaking within the field—with Novartis and Bayer leading the charge. On Wall Street, radiopharmaceutical companies are making waves—from IPOs to acquisitions.

Looking ahead, the future looks hopeful as second-generation radiopharmaceuticals venture into uncharted territories, extending their reach beyond treatment and even beyond oncology.

For more info on the present and future landscape of radiopharmaceuticals, view the full article on Biopharma Dealmakers.

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Biopharma DealmakersAbout Biopharma Dealmakers

Providing timely information on dealmaking activity, Biopharma Dealmakers brings together life scientists, biotech and pharmaceutical professionals, and investors. Organizations seeking partners from the biopharma and investment community are invited to advertise and publish profile articles

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