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Glaucoma Drug Gets EU Approval

July 29, 2014 11:18 am | News | Comments

Alcon, the global leader in eye care and a division of Novartis, announced that Simbrinza eye drops suspension has been approved by the European Commission to decrease elevated intraocular pressure in adult patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension, for which monotherapy provides insufficient IOP reduction. Read more...

Artes, Burnet Institute Partner on Malaria Vaccine

July 29, 2014 11:13 am | by Catherine Somerville | News | Comments

Artes Biotechnology and Burnet Institute have joined forces to develop a new type of malaria...

European Commission Approves Leukemia Drug

July 29, 2014 11:04 am | News | Comments

Roche announced that the European Commission has approved Gazyvaro (obinutuzumab) in combination...

Merck Serono Kicks Off Study of Merkel Cell Carcinoma Drug

July 29, 2014 10:59 am | News | Comments

Merck Serono, the biopharmaceutical division of Merck, announced the initiation of an...

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Biologists Think Stem Cells May “Talk” to Each Other

July 29, 2014 10:47 am | News | Comments

Biologists at the University of Sheffield’s Centre for Stem Cell Biology led by Prof. Peter Andrews and engineers in the Complex Systems and Signal Processing Group led by Prof. Daniel Coca have completed a landmark study of human pluripotent stem cells. Read more...

AstraZeneca, QIAGEN Collaborate on Iressa Diagnostic Test

July 28, 2014 12:38 pm | News | Comments

AstraZeneca announced that it has entered into a collaboration with Netherlands-based QIAGEN to develop a non-invasive diagnostic test to identify non-small cell lung cancer patients who are suitable for treatment with Iressa. Read more...    

Scientists Discover New Mechanism of Drug Resistance

July 28, 2014 12:31 pm | News | Comments

Microorganisms can evade treatment by acquiring mutations in the genes targeted by antibiotics or antifungal drugs. Now, a new study has shown that microorganisms can use a temporary silencing of drug targets to gain the benefits of drug resistance without the commitment. Read more...

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Cancer Drug Shows Promise as Infertility Treatment

July 28, 2014 12:26 pm | News | Comments

Physicians may have a new drug to treat infertility in women with polycystic ovary syndrome, according to a national, multi-center clinical trial. Read more...                          

HIV Inhibitor May Also Block Herpes Infection

July 28, 2014 12:19 pm | News | Comments

Creating a successful vaccine against two members of the herpes virus family, the sexually transmitted herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) and 2 (HSV-2), has proven to be challenging. But now, a clinical trial, based on an HSV-2 vaccine, is being conducted. Read more...

MedImmune Fights Pediatricians' New Advice

July 28, 2014 12:13 pm | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A costly drug given mostly to premature babies is at the center of a clash between the manufacturer and the nation's leading pediatrician's group, which recommends scaling back use of the medicine. Read more...            

FDA Clears IND for Lorus Blood Cancer Drug

July 28, 2014 10:53 am | News | Comments

Lorus Therapeutics Inc. announced that the FDA completed its review and cleared the company's IND application of LOR-253 for the treatment of hematologic malignancies including acute myeloid leukemia, high-risk myelodysplastic syndromes, lymphomas and multiple myeloma. Read more...

Veloxis Gets EU Marketing Authorization for Transplant Drug

July 28, 2014 10:47 am | News | Comments

Veloxis Pharmaceuticals A/S and Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A. announced that the European Commission (EC) has granted marketing authorization for Envarsus for the prevention of organ rejection in adult kidney and liver transplant patients in the European Union (EU). Read more...

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AstraZeneca, Roche Collaborate on Companion Diagnostic Test

July 28, 2014 10:41 am | News | Comments

AstraZeneca announced it has entered into collaboration with Roche to develop a plasma-based companion diagnostic test to support AZD9291, AstraZeneca’s investigational compound in clinical development for non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Read more...

COSMOS Results Published on World Hepatitis Day

July 28, 2014 10:35 am | News | Comments

Medivir AB announced that results from the phase 2 COSMOS clinical study were published in The Lancet, demonstrating that 92% of genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C virus adult patients treated with simeprevir in combination with sofosbuvir achieved sustained virologic response 12 weeks after the end of treatment. Read more...

Emulate to Commercialize Organs-on-Chips Platform

July 28, 2014 10:25 am | News | Comments

Emulate Inc. announced the company’s launch with a $12 million Series A financing to commercialize a first-in-kind, automated ‘Organs-on-Chips’ platform that mimics human physiology and diseases, while permitting real-time elucidation of molecular mechanisms of action and toxicity. Read more...

TTP Labtech Technology IDs Novel Drug Candidates for Neuropsychiatric Disorders

July 25, 2014 2:50 pm | News | Comments

The first high-resolution X-ray crystal structure of the metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 transmembrane domain was reported in Nature this week. The work was performed at Heptares Therapeutics using TTP Labtech’s innovative liquid handling technology for lipidic cubic phase crystallography. Read more...

SRI Snags NIH Contract for HIV, AIDS Therapies

July 25, 2014 2:47 pm | News | Comments

SRI International has been awarded a new $49 million, seven-year contract with the NIAID, part of the NIH, to conduct preclinical development of potential therapies for HIV infection and AIDS. Read more...              

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EPFL, Nearmedic Pharma Partner to Fight Tuberculosis

July 25, 2014 2:42 pm | News | Comments

The pharmaceutical company Nearmedic is collaborating with EPFL to participate in the development of a treatment against tuberculosis. Read more...                             

‘Broken Genes’ for a Broken System

July 25, 2014 2:30 pm | News | Comments

The recent discovery of a genetic mutation that protects against type 2 diabetes may offer hope in fighting more than just diabetes. It also illustrates how using the tools of genetics to hunt for “broken genes” can aid drug discovery, according to a Harvard professor. Read more...

More U.S. Girls Now Getting Cervical Cancer Vaccine

July 25, 2014 2:20 pm | News | Comments

More teen girls are getting a controversial cervical cancer vaccine but the increase isn't much of a bump, the government reported Thursday. Read more...                            

CHMP Recommends MA for Diabetes Drug

July 25, 2014 11:24 am | News | Comments

Novo Nordisk announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use under the European Medicines Agency adopted a positive opinion, recommending marketing authorization for Xultophy for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults. Read more...

FDA Reviews What Could Be First Biosimilar

July 25, 2014 11:20 am | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing research data on what could become the first U.S.-approved "biosimilar" drug, a cheaper, sort-of generic version of a biologic drug, nearly five years after Congress passed a law enabling future approval of biosimilars. Read more...

Blood Cancer Drug Gets Positive CHMP Opinion

July 25, 2014 11:09 am | News | Comments

Gilead Sciences Inc. announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use has adopted a positive opinion on the company's Marketing Authorization Application for Zydelig, a first-in-class treatment for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and follicular lymphoma. Read more...

Genomics Reveals Mechanism for Malaria Drug Resistance

July 25, 2014 10:58 am | News | Comments

Researchers have uncovered a way the malaria parasite becomes resistant to an investigational drug, a  discovery made at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis that also is relevant for other infectious diseases including bacterial infections and tuberculosis. Read more...

Sorafenib, Capecitabine Combo Fails to Meet Endpoint

July 25, 2014 10:49 am | News | Comments

Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals and Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc., an Amgen subsidiary, announced that an investigational Phase 3 trial of sorafenib (Nexavar) tablets plus capecitabine in patients with advanced breast cancer did not meet its primary endpoint of improving progression-free survival. Read more...

Metastatic Brain Tumor Treatment Could Be on the Horizon

July 24, 2014 3:19 pm | News | Comments

Over half of patients being seen in the clinic for a diagnosed brain tumor have metastatic cancer, which has no treatment and detrimental outcomes in most cases. However, a new study provides hope that previously studied SapC-DOPS could be used for treatment of brain cancer that has spread. Read more...

Researchers Create Vaccine for Dust-Mite Allergies

July 24, 2014 3:05 pm | News | Comments

If you’re allergic to dust mites (and chances are you are), help may be on the way. Researchers have developed a vaccine that can combat dust-mite allergies by naturally switching the body’s immune response. Read more...         

Merck Kicks Off Phase 3 Study of CMV Antiviral

July 24, 2014 11:18 am | News | Comments

Merck announced that the first patient has been enrolled in a global Phase 3 clinical study that will evaluate the efficacy and safety of letermovir for the prevention of clinically-significant cytomegalovirus infection in adult CMV-seropositive recipients of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplants. Read more...

BMS, Ono Collaborate on Immuno-Oncology

July 24, 2014 11:13 am | News | Comments

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Ono Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. have signed a strategic collaboration agreement to jointly develop and commercialize multiple immunotherapies as single agents and combination regimens to help address the unmet medical needs of patients with cancer in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Read more...

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