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New Gene Extends Lifespan of Model Organism

August 19, 2010 7:29 am | News | Comments

A team of scientists has found that suppressing a newly discovered gene lengthens the lifespan of roundworms. The results offer promising early evidence that scientists may succeed at finding targets for drugs that someday could allow people to live longer, healthier lives.

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Drug-Eluting Stents Improve Angioplasty Outcome

August 19, 2010 7:23 am | News | Comments

Researchers have determined that the use of drug-eluting stents improves the long-term clinical outcome for patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention, commonly known as angioplasty.

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Clavis Recruiting For Phase 3 Leukemia Trial

August 19, 2010 6:39 am | News | Comments

Clavis Pharma, the Norwegian cancer drug development company, announces that it has recruited the first patient into its pivotal Phase 3 study assessing its lead product elacytarabine in patients with late-stage acute myeloid leukemia.

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ImmunoGen Cancer Treatment Given Orphan Drug Status

August 19, 2010 6:27 am | News | Comments

ImmunoGen, Inc., a developer of antibody-based targeted anticancer products, announced that the FDA has granted orphan drug designation to lorvotuzumab mertansine when used for the treatment of small-cell lung cancer (SCLC).

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Study Promotes Tai Chi for Fibromyalgia

August 19, 2010 6:20 am | by Marilynn Marchione | News | Comments

Tai chi eased painful joints and other symptoms of fibromyalgia in a small but well-done study of this ancient Chinese form of exercise.

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FDA Accepts BMS BLA

August 19, 2010 6:17 am | News | Comments

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company announced that the FDA has accepted, for filing and review, the Biologics License Application for ipilimumab for the treatment of adult patients with advanced melanoma who have been previously treated.

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J & J Appoints Quality Czar

August 19, 2010 6:13 am | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson is creating a new position to oversee companywide quality, manufacturing and compliance issues and appointing chief quality officers for each of its three major business units.

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Stem Cells Restore Mobility From Spinal Cord Injury

August 19, 2010 6:10 am | News | Comments

StemCells, Inc., announced the publication of new preclinical data demonstrating that the company’s proprietary human neural stem cells restore lost motor function in mice with chronic spinal cord injury.

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Endo Gets Reprieve From Opana Generic

August 19, 2010 6:01 am | News | Comments

Shares of Endo Pharmaceuticals Holdings Inc. jumped this week after an analyst said Endo can keep generic versions of its painkiller Opana ER from being approved, which would sustain sales until Endo starts selling a new version.

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Color-Neutralizing Film

August 18, 2010 8:25 am | Drug Discovery & Development | Product Releases | Comments

One of the prerequisites for the success of a clinical trial is to ensure that the effective drugs and placebos involved cannot be distinguished from each other. Schreiner MediPharm has now developed a solution which neutralizes the appearance of liquids in transparent containers.

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Control Assay

August 18, 2010 8:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bio-Rad Laboratories introduces the SsoFast EvaGreen control assay, a prepackaged kit that helps labs conveniently verify their real-time PCR instrument performance.

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Genetix Granted ClonePix Patent

August 18, 2010 8:02 am | News | Comments

Genetix announces that it was granted a patent, US 7,776,584. Aspects of this patent are incorporated into ClonePix FL, which is used for the screening and selection of cell lines producing biopharmaceuticals.

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MedImmune Evaluating Phylogica's Peptide Library

August 18, 2010 7:56 am | News | Comments

Phylogica Ltd, a public Australian drug discovery company, announced that they have entered into an agreement with MedImmune to evaluate Phylogica’s proprietary Phylomer peptide library for novel antimicrobial peptides.

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Jazz Pharma Drug Treats Fibromyalgia

August 18, 2010 7:47 am | by Matthew Perrone | News | Comments

Shares of Jazz Pharmaceuticals Inc. jumped after federal health officials said one of its drugs appears effective for treating a chronic pain disorder.

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Special Sugars Allow Immune Evasion

August 18, 2010 7:44 am | News | Comments

A special set of sugars found on some disease-causing pathogens helps those pathogens fight the body's natural defenses as well as vaccines, say two Iowa State University researchers.

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