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Protein Could Predict Spread of NPC

June 17, 2011 12:07 pm | News | Comments

Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) researchers found a protein that could help predict the spread of the head and neck cancer nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) and also act as a treatment strategy to stop the spread of the disease.


Patients Enrolled in Stargardt’s Disease Trial

June 17, 2011 12:01 pm | News | Comments

Advanced Cell Technology announced the enrollment of the first patients in its two Phase 1/2 clinical trials for Stargardt’s Macular Dystrophy (SMD) and Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration (Dry AMD) using retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells derived from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs).


Court Denies Request to Prevent Watson Drug Launch

June 17, 2011 11:55 am | News | Comments

Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. said on June 17 a federal court denied requests for a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order to prevent it from launching a generic version of the contraceptive Seasonique.


Key Step identified in Legionnaire’s Infection

June 17, 2011 11:52 am | News | Comments

NIH scientists deciphered a key biochemical step that the bacteria that cause Legionnaire’s disease use to reproduce.


Chemiluminescent Imaging System

June 17, 2011 7:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Syngene has unveiled its GeneGnome5, a dedicated chemiluminescent imaging system designed to make precise imaging of chemiluminescent Western blots a simple, one click task.


Neurogenesis Inducer

June 17, 2011 7:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

AMSBIO announces ec23, a stable synthetic retinoid that has been proven in independent testing to potently induce and reliably control stem cell differentiation.


QIAGEN Proposes Ipsogen Buyout

June 17, 2011 6:38 am | News | Comments

QIAGEN N.V. has entered into exclusive negotiations to purchase a 47% initial stake in Ipsogen S.A. and offered to fully acquire the company, which specializes in molecular profiling and personalized healthcare diagnostics.


Researchers Find Better Way to Control Differentiation

June 17, 2011 6:32 am | News | Comments

Stem cell technologies have been proposed for cell-based diagnostics and regenerative medicine therapies. However, being able to make stem cells efficiently develop into a desired cell type limits the clinical potential of these technologies.


Reata, Abbott Kick Off Phase 3 Trial

June 17, 2011 6:25 am | News | Comments

Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Abbott announced the initiation of a Phase 3 trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of bardoxolone methyl in patients with chronic kidney disease and type 2 diabetes.


Bayer Lawsuit Back On Track

June 17, 2011 6:10 am | News | Comments

The Supreme Court will let two West Virginia residents revive a lawsuit against Bayer AG over its anti-cholesterol drug Baycol, which was withdrawn from the market in 2001 after reports of a severe and sometimes fatal muscle disorder.


Mixing Antibiotics With Fat Can Boost Efficacy

June 17, 2011 6:08 am | News | Comments

Super bugs, which can cause wide-spread disease and may be resistant to most, if not all, conventional antibiotics, still have their weaknesses.


Crizotinib Likely to Win Approval

June 17, 2011 5:59 am | News | Comments

A potential treatment for advanced lung cancer from Pfizer Inc. has about an 80%chance of receiving Food and Drug Administration approval this year, according to a Credit Suisse analyst.


Cubist Proceeding with New Antibiotic

June 17, 2011 5:56 am | News | Comments

Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc. said it will move an experimental antibiotic into late-stage clinical testing as a treatment for complex infections of the urinary tract and abdomen.


Open Source Software

June 16, 2011 12:35 pm | Drug Discovery & Development | Product Releases | Comments

OpenClinica 3.1 helps the productivity of clinical trials through open source electronic data capture software.


Data Integration Technology

June 16, 2011 12:33 pm | Product Releases | Comments

IO Informatics’ Knowledge Explorer Personal Edition provides semantic data integration to help users meet data integration needs, improve data interoperability, and remove barriers to innovation by providing free access to software that makes previously complex data integration tasks easy.



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