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Belatacept Data Being Presented At Transplant Conference

August 16, 2010 7:41 am | News | Comments

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company announced that belatacept, an investigational selective T cell co-stimulation blocker being studied for use in solid organ transplantation, will be the subject of seven oral clinical presentations related to kidney transplantation.

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PDL In Patent Dispute with Genentech

August 16, 2010 7:28 am | by Marley Seaman | News | Comments

Shares of PDL BioPharma Inc. plunged on word of a royalty dispute between PDL and its collaborator Genentech.

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New Pill Prevents Pregnancy Up to Five Days Later

August 16, 2010 7:25 am | News | Comments

Federal health officials have approved a new type of morning-after contraceptive that works longer than the current leading drug on the market.

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AMRI Wins Pfizer Route Design Innovation Award

August 16, 2010 6:23 am | News | Comments

AMRI announced that it has been selected as the inaugural winner of the Pfizer Route Design Innovation Award, beating out 40 companies who were invited to share innovative ideas for process chemistry and large scale active pharmaceutical ingredient production.

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BioClinica Launches Two New CRO Partnerships

August 16, 2010 6:05 am | News | Comments

BioClinica, Inc., a global provider of clinical trial management services, announced it has created strategic partnerships with two privately held clinical research organizations, Axio Research Corporation and Beardsworth Consulting Group, Inc.

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Ricera Makes Addition to Analytical Chemistry Services

August 16, 2010 6:01 am | News | Comments

Ricerca Biosciences, LLC, a preclinical contract research organization providing services to the biopharmaceutical industry, is pleased to announce the addition of Carlos Martínez Manchado to its Analytical Chemistry department.

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Quay Pharma Handling Two NCE

August 16, 2010 5:51 am | News | Comments

Quay Pharma has been appointed by a leading Japanese pharmaceutical company to handle the clinical trial drug manufacture of two NCEs for UK trials. The contract was won in conjunction with Quay’s Japanese representative InterPharm Express.

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Worldwide Clinical Trials Appoints New Executive VP

August 16, 2010 5:44 am | News | Comments

Worldwide Clinical Trials, Inc., a privately held global contract research organization, announced that Evelyn Graham has joined the company as Executive Vice President, Global Business Development.

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Shining a New Light on Proteins

August 13, 2010 11:07 am | by Amy D. Hanlon, R & D Engineer; Michael I. Larkin, PhD, Principal Scientist; Ryan M. Reddick, R&D Technician; Department of Research and Development, Wyatt Technology Corporation, Santa Barbara, Calif. | Articles | Comments

Concentration-gradient dynamic light scattering simplifies protein-protein interaction characterization.

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Adding Automation to Western Blotting

August 13, 2010 10:49 am | by Mike May, PhD, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

When it comes to searching for specific proteins in a biological extract, many researchers still turn to the Western blot. Even after thirty years, this technique continues to be improved.

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The Award Goes to...

August 13, 2010 10:37 am | by Rita C. Peters, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

In addition to my duties on Drug Discovery & Development, I serve as Editorial Director of R&D Magazine. The readers of this publication are scientists and researchers also, but they develop a diverse range of technologies.

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Multiple Choices

August 13, 2010 10:27 am | by James Netterwald, PhD, MT (ASCP), Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

Pharma companies migrate to high-content screening approaches to screen for kinase inhibitors.

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Operationalizing CDISC Data Standards for Efficient Clinical Trial Operations

August 13, 2010 10:08 am | by David Handelsman, Advanced Analytics Strategist, Health and Life Sciences; SAS, Cary, N.C. | Articles | Comments

Data standards are routinely discussed within the life sciences industries today, and many research companies have been piloting the use of CDISC standards within their organization.

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Integrating Informatics

August 13, 2010 10:02 am | by Matt Hahn, PhD, Senior Vice President, Research and Development; Accelrys, San Diego, Calif. | Articles | Comments

Every drug discovery organization seeks to improve the speed and success of its research efforts. But advances in the field—including high throughput screening, in silico modeling, biotherapeutics, and more—present a double-edged sword.

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A Hands-On Approach

August 13, 2010 9:48 am | by Mike May, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

To explore the three-dimensional structures of compounds, many researchers use the open-source PyMOL, which is maintained by Schrödinger.

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