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Novo Nordisk Appealing Patent Ruling

January 20, 2011 7:27 am | News | Comments

Novo Nordisk announced that a US District Court judge ruled that one of its patents, which covers the combination use of repaglinide and metformin for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, is invalid and unenforceable.

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FDA Changing Medical Device Review Process

January 20, 2011 7:14 am | by Matthew Perrone | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is laying out plans to update the 35-year-old system used to approve most medical devices, which has been subject to increasing criticism by public safety advocates.

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Ardea Offering 2.5M More Shares

January 20, 2011 7:08 am | News | Comments

Ardea Biosciences Inc. said it is publicly offering 2.5 million common shares. The company did not provide financial details on the offering.

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Perrigo in $540M Deal for Paddock

January 20, 2011 7:04 am | News | Comments

Over-the-counter drugmaker Perrigo Co. said it will buy generic drugmaker Paddock Laboratories Inc. for $540 million. Perrigo said Paddock has about $200 million in annual revenue.

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Mylan Gets FDA Nod for HIV Treatments

January 20, 2011 7:00 am | News | Comments

Drug developer Mylan Inc. said that the Food and Drug Administration tentatively approved the company's pediatric HIV treatment.

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Health Agencies Expediting Telaprevir Reviews

January 20, 2011 6:57 am | News | Comments

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. said that regulators in the U.S. and Canada will speed their reviews of its drug candidate telaprevir, meaning the hepatitis C therapy could be approved months earlier than usual.

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Allos Reports New Folotyn Data

January 20, 2011 6:55 am | News | Comments

Allos Therapeutics Inc. said its lymphoma drug Folotyn helped some patients who had no response to previous therapies. The results were based on a new analysis of a midstage clinical trial that ended in 2009.

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Levomilnacipran Flunks Latest Trial

January 20, 2011 6:48 am | News | Comments

Forest Laboratories Inc. said its depression treatment levomilnacipran failed in a late-stage clinical trial, as the drug was no more effective than a placebo at treating depression.

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Animal-free Albumin

January 19, 2011 7:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

AMSBIO has announced the launch of ecoHSA - an animal-free preparation of the human albumin gene produced in the seeds of Asian Rice. Commercial human albumin proteins extracted from plasma have multiple and invaluable uses in cell culture work.

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HPLC Column

January 19, 2011 7:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. announced its Syncronis HPLC column range. This new range unerringly delivers consistent, predictable separations, from run to run and column to column.

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CRI Worldwide Acquires Lifetree Clinical

January 19, 2011 7:12 am | News | Comments

CRI Worldwide, LLC has completed its acquisition of Lifetree Clinical Research, LLC, creating one of the nation's largest research organizations focusing on the conduct and design of early-stage, patient population clinical trials.

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CureFAKtor Drug Receives Orphan Status

January 19, 2011 7:06 am | News | Comments

CureFAKtor Pharmaceuticals, LLC announced that its lead compound, CFAK-C4 , which is in development for the treatment of pancreatic cancer, has been granted orphan drug designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Mutation Leading to Cancer Identified

January 19, 2011 6:58 am | News | Comments

Scientists around the world have been hot on the trail of a genetic mutation closely associated with some brain cancers and leukemia since the mutation’s discovery in 2008. The hunt is now yielding fruit.

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New Advance in RNA Nanotechnology

January 19, 2011 6:54 am | News | Comments

Scientists are reporting an advance in overcoming a major barrier to the use of the genetic material RNA in nanotechnology—the field that involves building machines thousands of times smaller than the width of a human hair and now is dominated by its cousin, DNA.

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GSK And Prosensa Begin Phase 3 DMD Trial

January 19, 2011 6:41 am | News | Comments

GlaxoSmithKline and Prosensa announced that the first patient has commenced treatment in the Phase 3 clinical study investigating GSK2402968, in ambulant boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, who have a dystrophin gene mutation amenable to an exon 51 skip.

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