KalVista Pharmaceuticals, Inc , a clinical stage pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of small molecule protease inhibitors announced that it has entered into a collaboration agreement with Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, through a subsidiary, for KVD001, the Company’s investigational intravitreal (IVT) injection candidate currently in development for potential treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME), as well as future oral DME compounds based upon plasma kallikrein inhibition.

GSK announced today that the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) has approved Benlysta (belimumab) for the treatment of adult patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) who are inadequate responders to existing therapies. Benlysta is for use as an add-on therapy in autoantibody positive SLE patients. SLE is a chronic, incurable, autoimmune disease associated with a range of symptoms that can fluctuate over time, affecting almost any system in the body.