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Innovent Biologics Completes $100 Million Series C Financing

January 23, 2015 8:54 am | by Innovent Biologics | News | Comments

Innovent Biologics, Inc., a privately held Chinese biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development and manufacturing of complex, high-end biologics to be marketed in the rapidly growing Chinese market and elsewhere worldwide that meet EMEA and FDA/cGMP standards, has raised$100 million in Series C financing. Legend Capital led the financing. Read more...

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Why Protein Mutations Lead to Parkinson's

January 22, 2015 12:21 pm | by USCD | News | Comments

Researchers at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, have shown for the first time why protein mutations lead to the familial form of Parkinson's disease.                     

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Axonal Death Pathway May Provide Neurodegenerative Drug Targets

January 22, 2015 12:17 pm | by Rockefeller Univ. | News | Comments

Axons connect neurons with each other to form the neural networks that underpin the vital functions of perception, motility, cognition, and memory. In many neurodegenerative disorders, from traumatic injury or toxic damage to diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease, axonal degeneration represents an essential pathological feature.

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Colorectal Cancer Treatment Market Value to Hit $9.4B by 2020

January 22, 2015 12:01 pm | by GBI Research | News | Comments

The value of the Colorectal Cancer (CRC) therapeutics market will increase moderately, from $8.3 billion in 2013 to $9.4 billion by 2020, representing a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 1.8%, according to business intelligence provider GBI Research.

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President Obama Announces Precision Medicine Initiative

January 22, 2015 11:59 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The President mentioned this project during the State of The Union, but did not provide specific details. Read more...                       

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FDA Approves Novartis' Psoriasis Drug

January 22, 2015 11:44 am | by Novartis | News | Comments

Novartis announced the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Cosentyx™ (secukinumab) for the treatment of moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis in adult patients who are candidates for systemic therapy.                           

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Blood Vessels in Older Brains Break Down, Possibly Leading to Alzheimer's

January 22, 2015 11:27 am | by niversity of Southern California | News | Comments

University of Southern California (USC) neuroscientists may have unlocked another puzzle to preventing risks that can lead to Alzheimer's disease.                                                                 

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Why are Generic Drugs Getting Pricy?

January 22, 2015 11:14 am | by The Conversation, Geoffrey Joyce | News | Comments

More than eight out of every 10 prescriptions dispensed in the U.S. is generic. This growth is because of a large number of top-selling drugs going off patent over the past decade, as well as innovations in the retail sector, such as Walmart’s $4 generic program.

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New Revolutionary Culturing Technique for Liver and Pancreas

January 22, 2015 10:00 am | by Hubrecht Institute | News | Comments

Scientists successfully developed a culturing system for human liver stem cells as well as stem cells from pancreatic cancer. Read more...                     

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World's Only Super-Database for Pharmaceutical Use During Pregnancy

January 22, 2015 9:50 am | by University of Montreal | News | Comments

Medical researchers must exclude pregnant women from drug trials to protect their babies. Read more...                           

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Researchers Make Progress Understanding Rare Pediatric Cancer

January 22, 2015 9:41 am | by Laura Herperger, University of Calgary | News | Comments

This malignant cancer is characterized by an excessive growth of melanin-producing cells in both the skin and the brain. Read more...                     

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BioMérieux, Astute Medical: Global Agreement to Develop, Market AKI Test

January 22, 2015 9:32 am | News | Comments

This is a semi-exclusive agreement regarding the development of a test for the early risk assessment of acute kidney injury (AKI). Read more...                    

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Study Links Gene to Drug Resistance in Testicular Cancer

January 22, 2015 9:23 am | by Institute of Cancer Research | News | Comments

A major research study has uncovered several new genetic mutations that could drive testicular cancer. Read more...                        

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Twitter Can Predict Hot Spots for Coronary Heart Disease

January 22, 2015 9:18 am | by University of Melbourne | News | Comments

Researchers have shown that social media can serve as a dashboard indicator of a community’s psychological well being and can predict rates of heart disease. Read more...               

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Brittany Maynard Family Pushing California Right-to-Die Bill

January 21, 2015 12:15 pm | by Fent Nirappil - Associated Press | News | Comments

Three California lawmakers are promoting right-to-die legislation with the family of a terminally ill woman who moved to Oregon to legally end her life. Read more...                

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