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Protein Could Be Lung Cancer Biomarker

March 3, 2011 7:23 am | News | Comments

Scientists are reporting discovery of a protein in the blood of lung cancer patients that could be used in a test for the disease — difficult to diagnose in its earliest and most treatable stages — and to develop drugs that stop lung cancer from spreading.

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Astrocytes Help Repair Spinal Cord Damaged

March 3, 2011 7:22 am | News | Comments

Scientists have found that a specific type of human cell, generated from stem cells and transplanted into spinal cord injured rats, not only repairs damage to the nervous system but helps the animals regain locomotor function as well.

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First Patients Treated with ReN001 Discharged

March 3, 2011 7:18 am | News | Comments

ReNeuron Group plc provides an update on the PISCES clinical trial of its ReN001 stem cell therapy for disabled stroke patients. The PISCES study is the world’s first fully regulated clinical trial of a neural stem cell therapy for disabled stroke patients.

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Protalex Enrolling New Cohort in PRTX-100 Trial

March 3, 2011 7:14 am | News | Comments

Protalex, Inc announced enrollment of the first patients in the 3rd cohort of its ongoing multicenter Phase 1b dose escalation clinical study of PRTX-100 in adult patients with active rheumatoid arthritis.

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Sanofi to Allow Genzyme Some Autonomy

March 3, 2011 7:09 am | News | Comments

French drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis SA plans to give Genzyme Corp.'s orphan drug business, which focuses on rare diseases, some autonomy once it completes its $20.1 billion acquisition of the specialty drugmaker.

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J & J Recalls Surgical Sutures

March 3, 2011 7:07 am | News | Comments

Health care giant Johnson & Johnson has recalled several lots of surgical sutures in the United Kingdom because of a risk they are unsterile. The recall began in late-December but U.K. regulators recently posted a notice about the action online.

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Trius' Torezolid Achieves Study Goals

March 3, 2011 7:04 am | News | Comments

Trius Therapeutics, Inc. announced results from its Phase 1 clinical trial to evaluate the ability of torezolid to penetrate into the lung for potential use to treat lung infections.

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GeoVax Releases AIDS Vaccine Trial Results

March 3, 2011 7:00 am | News | Comments

GeoVax is developing two vaccine components, both able to produce non-infectious virus-like particles in the body of a vaccine recipient. These non-infectious particles are designed to "train" the immune system of the vaccinated person to recognize HIV.

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EC Approves Esbriet for IPF

March 3, 2011 6:57 am | News | Comments

InterMune, Inc. announced that the European Commission has granted marketing authorization for Esbriet. Esbriet is indicated in adults for the treatment of mild to moderate idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

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Infinity Begins Chondrosarcoma Trial

March 3, 2011 6:54 am | News | Comments

Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced the initiation of a randomized, double-blind Phase 2 clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of IPI-926 compared to placebo in patients with metastatic or locally advanced, inoperable chondrosarcoma.

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DURATION-6 Study Results Released

March 3, 2011 6:48 am | News | Comments

Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Eli Lilly and Company, and Alkermes, Inc. announced top-line results from DURATION-6, a head-to-head study designed to compare weekly BYDUREON, an investigational type 2 diabetes therapy, to daily Victoza.

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Virtual Slide System

March 2, 2011 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

The VS800 virtual slide system from Olympus allows researchers to scan and review microscope slides in just minutes. The self-contained, eyepiece-free system offers customized proprietary Olympus optics for the highest quality scans.

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Interferon ELISA Kit

March 2, 2011 6:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

PBL InterferonSource has launched the VeriPlex Human Interferon Multiplex ELISA kit, which allows simultaneous quantifying of Human Type I, II, and III interferons as well as related pro-inflammatory cytokines from a single biological sample.

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VaxInnate Wins $196M Flu Contract

March 2, 2011 6:05 am | News | Comments

VaxInnate Corporation announced that it has been awarded a contract by the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority worth up to $196 million to fund the development of recombinant seasonal and pandemic flu vaccines.

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ACT Files SPA with FDA

March 2, 2011 5:59 am | News | Comments

ACT Biotech, Inc. has filed a special protocol assessment with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration related to a randomized Phase 3 trial of telatinib in combination with chemotherapy for the first-line treatment of patients with advanced stomach cancer.

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