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Inhibitor Reduces Lung Function Loss

October 26, 2011 12:34 pm | News | Comments

Boehringer Ingelheim’s investigational tyrosine kinase inhibitor BIBF 1120 demonstrated a positive trend in reducing lung function decline in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

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FDA Flexible in Reviewing Rare Disease Therapies

October 26, 2011 12:31 pm | News | Comments

The National Organization for Rare Disorders released a report documenting flexibility in the Food and Drug Administration review of potential treatments for patients with rare diseases.

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Chiral Metal Surfaces May Help Manufacture Drugs

October 26, 2011 12:26 pm | News | Comments

New research shows how metal surfaces that lack mirror symmetry could provide a novel approach towards manufacturing pharmaceuticals.

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OvaSave Study for Crohn’s Disease

October 26, 2011 12:21 pm | News | Comments

TxCell SA announced  final positive results of a Phase 1/2 study in Crohn’s disease (CATS-1) with OvaSave.

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Prosensa Earns Myotonic Dystrophy Research Credit

October 26, 2011 12:16 pm | News | Comments

Prosensa received an innovation credit of up to $6 million from AgentschapNL to support further development of a series of preclinical compounds for the treatment of myotonic dystrophy type 1.

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Wart Compound Shows Promise for Leukemia

October 26, 2011 12:11 pm | News | Comments

A potential leukemia therapy targets only cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells alone.

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PCR Mixture

October 26, 2011 6:47 am | Drug Discovery & Development | Product Releases | Comments

Promega Corporation announced that it has launched GoTaq Long PCR Master Mix, an optimized enzyme mixture for improved long-range PCR; the kit enhances PCR yield, sensitivity, and specificity.

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Drop Plate

October 26, 2011 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. announced its µDrop Plate for the quick and easy measurement of samples down to 2 µL. The µDrop Plate provides a straightforward way of analyzing up to 16 microliter-scale samples simultaneously.

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EMD Serono and Fast Forward Commit $3M to MS Research

October 26, 2011 6:14 am | News | Comments

EMD Serono, Inc. and Fast Forward announced a commitment of up to $3 million in 2012 to support innovative early-stage projects directed towards the development of therapies to prevent, treat, or reverse nervous system damage in multiple sclerosis.

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Transdermal Patch Used for Delivery of HIV Drugs

October 26, 2011 5:57 am | News | Comments

An innovative delivery method for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) medications has been developed through use of a transdermal patch, the first of its kind to treat HIV.

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S*Bio to Begin A Phase 3 Trial of Pacritinib

October 26, 2011 5:52 am | News | Comments

S*BIO Pte Ltd announced plans to initiate a global Phase 3 clinical program of its JAK2 inhibitor pacritinib, to further demonstrate its activity and tolerability for the treatment of myelofibrosis.

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FDA Approves Onfi for Lennox-Gastaut Seizures

October 26, 2011 5:48 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Onfi tablets for use as an adjunctive treatment for seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome in adults and children 2 years of age and older.

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Obesity Limits Vaccine Efficacy

October 26, 2011 5:45 am | News | Comments

People carrying extra pounds may need extra protection from influenza. New research shows that obesity may make annual flu shots less effective.

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Merck Income Up 7.5%

October 26, 2011 5:39 am | News | Comments

Pharmaceutical and biotech equipment company Merck said its net income rose 7.5% to $315 million in the third quarter as sales increased for key drugs.

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Lilly Withdraws Xigris Worldwide

October 26, 2011 5:35 am | by Tom Murphy | News | Comments

Drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co. is withdrawing the severe sepsis treatment Xigris from all markets because a recently concluded study showed that it is no longer effective.

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