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Shire to Spend About $225M on Drug Collaboration

July 23, 2014 11:20 am | News | Comments

The drugmaker Shire plans to spend about $225 million in a joint effort with a privately held, U.S. firm to develop a potential treatment for the rare and life-threatening genetic disorder Hunter syndrom, said the British company Wednesday. Read more...

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Genes Play a Role in Radiation Survival

July 23, 2014 11:16 am | News | Comments

A team of researchers from the University of Wisconsin have identified 46 genes in Escherichia coli that are necessary for its survival at exceptionally high levels of radiation. The paper appears ahead of print in the Journal of Bacteriology. Read more...

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Biosceptre Posts Positive Results for Basal Cell Carcinoma Drug

July 23, 2014 11:07 am | News | Comments

Biosceptre, the oncology company developing antibody products that target the nf-P2X7 receptor, announced positive results from its Phase 1 trial to assess the safety and tolerability of BIL-010t, a topically administered, highly purified sheep antibody therapy, to treat Basal Cell Carcinoma. Read more...

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Merck Strengthens Commitment to Chinese Market

July 23, 2014 11:01 am | News | Comments

Merck, a leading company for high-tech products in the pharmaceutical and chemical sectors, reiterated its commitment to investments in the Chinese market, strengthening a major pillar of its emerging markets growth strategy. Read more...   

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Autoimmune Disorders, Cancer Share Apoptosis Inhibitors

July 23, 2014 10:53 am | News | Comments

Autoimmune disorders may share certain pathogenic mechanisms with cancer, according to a new report by George Washington University researcher Linda Kusner, Ph.D., published in PLOS ONE, showing that the very same inhibitors of apoptosis, or cell destruction, in tumors are also expressed in cells that produce autoimmune diseases. Read more...

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Galmed Gets IND Clearance for Fatty Liver Treatment

July 22, 2014 2:47 pm | News | Comments

Galmed Pharmaceuticals Ltd. announced that FDA cleared Galmed's Investigational New Drug application, permitting the company to conduct clinical trials of aramchol in the United States for the treatment of fatty liver disorders. Read more...   

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Halozyme Resumes Pancreatic Cancer Trial

July 22, 2014 2:37 pm | News | Comments

Halozyme Therapeutics Inc. announced that it has resumed enrollment and dosing of patients in its ongoing Phase 2 trial (Study 202) evaluating PEGPH20 in patients with pancreatic cancer. Read more...               

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FDA Fast Tracks New Epilepticus Drug

July 22, 2014 2:26 pm | News | Comments

SAGE Therapeutics announced that the FDA has granted fast track designation to the SAGE-547 development program, which will facilitate the development and expedite the review of the drug candidate. Read more...          

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Potential Flu Drugs Target Immune Response, Not Virus

July 22, 2014 2:07 pm | News | Comments

The seriousness of disease often results from the strength of immune response, rather than with the virus, itself. Turning down that response, rather than attacking the virus, might be a better way to reduce that severity. Read more...         

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HIV Pills Show More Promise to Prevent Infection

July 22, 2014 1:47 pm | News | Comments

There is more good news about HIV treatment pills used to prevent infection in people at high risk of getting the AIDS virus: Follow-up from a landmark study that proved the drug works now shows that it does not encourage risky sex and is effective even if people skip some doses. Read more...

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Easing Drug-Induced Fatty Liver Disease in HIV Patients

July 22, 2014 1:40 pm | News | Comments

The only drug to receive FDA approval for reduction of the abdominal fat deposits that develop in some patients receiving antiviral therapy for HIV infection may also reduce the incidence of fatty liver disease. Read more...        

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PSI, AOP Orphan Collaborate on Global Rare Disease Trial

July 22, 2014 11:56 am | News | Comments

PSI CRO, a full-service contract research organization, announced the launch of a new global study in Polycythemia vera in collaboration with AOP Orphan. PSI is setting up this 100-patient open-label, multicenter study at 45 sites across 13 countries globally. Read more...

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Ganymed Completes Recruitment for Gastroesophageal Cancer Drug Trial

July 22, 2014 11:33 am | News | Comments

Ganymed Pharmaceuticals AG, a biopharmaceutical company developing Ideal Monoclonal Antibodies for the treatment of cancer, announced that it has completed recruitment of 210 patients for its Phase 2 FAST clinical trial to evaluate the combination of IMAB362 and chemotherapy as first-line therapy in patients with gastroesophageal cancer. Read more...

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FDA Grants Avastin Priority Review for Ovarian Cancer

July 22, 2014 11:05 am | News | Comments

Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has accepted the company's supplemental Biologics License Application and granted Priority Review for Avastin plus chemotherapy for the treatment of women with recurrent platinum-resistant ovarian cancer. Read more...

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MedImmune, Advaxis Partner on Immuno-Oncology Combo Trial

July 22, 2014 10:59 am | News | Comments

AstraZeneca announced that MedImmune, its global biologics research and development arm, has entered into a clinical trial collaboration with Advaxis Inc., a US-based biotechnology company developing cancer immunotherapies, providing further evidence of MedImmune’s commitment to explore novel combination approaches. Read more...

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