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PhosImmune, PureMHC Working Together on Cancer Immunotherapies

October 22, 2014 1:28 pm | News | Comments

PhosImmune Inc. and PureMHC LLC announced they have entered into a license and collaboration agreement to develop novel antibody-based immunotherapies designed to target cancers. Read more...

Taiho Receives FDA Fast Track for Cancer Treatment

October 22, 2014 1:14 pm | News | Comments

Taiho Oncology Inc. announced that the FDA...

Study Finds Drugs Still in Recalled Supplements

October 22, 2014 11:48 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Dietary supplements containing potentially...

Actavis Signs Option to Acquire Rhythm Subsidiary

October 22, 2014 10:24 am | News | Comments

Actavis plc, a leading global specialty...

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Improved Data Reveals Higher Global Burden of Tuberculosis

October 22, 2014 10:13 am | News | Comments

Recent intensive efforts to improve collection and reporting of data on tuberculosis (TB) are shedding new light on the epidemic, revealing that there are almost half a million more cases of the disease than previously estimated. Read more...

Johnson & Johnson Announces New Spending Plan for Ebola Vaccine

October 22, 2014 10:05 am | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson announced that it has made a commitment of up to $200 million to accelerate and significantly expand the production of an Ebola vaccine program in development at its Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies. Read more...                    

Oramed Gets Positive Data From Oral Insulin Trial

October 22, 2014 10:03 am | News | Comments

Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc., a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on the development of oral drug delivery systems, reported positive top-line clinical results from its Phase 2a clinical trial of ORMD-0801, the company's proprietary oral insulin capsules, to treat type 1 diabetes. Read more...

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Rho Awarded New Federal Contract

October 21, 2014 2:46 pm | News | Comments

Rho, a contract research organization (CRO) providing clinical research services in both the commercial and federal market, has been awarded the renewal of their existing federal contract with the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). Read more...

Neurocrine Announces Phase 3 Study for Inhibitor

October 21, 2014 2:40 pm | News | Comments

Neurocrine Biosciences Inc. announced that it has initiated a Phase 3 clinical trial (Kinect 3 Study) of its proprietary Vesicular Monoamine Transporter 2 compound, NBI-98854.  Read more...                    

Researchers Demonstrate Advances in Creating Blood Cancer Treatment

October 21, 2014 2:33 pm | News | Comments

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and elsewhere said that blocking the action of an enzyme “switch” needed to activate tumor growth is emerging as a practical strategy for treating T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Read more...    

Lilly's Diabetes Treatment Receives NDA

October 21, 2014 2:19 pm | News | Comments

FDA has accepted the filing of a NDA for empagliflozin plus immediate-release metformin hydrochloride fixed-dose combination, an investigational compound being studied for the treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes (T2D). Read more...       

Once CD8 T Cells Take on One Virus, They'll Fight Others Too

October 21, 2014 2:02 pm | News | Comments

Scientists think of CD8 T cells as long-lived cells that become tuned to fight just one pathogen, but a study finds that once CD8 T cells fight one pathogen, they also join the body's "innate" immune system, ready to answer the calls of the cytokine signals that are set off by a wide variety of infections. Read more...

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Supercomputers Link Proteins to Drug Side Effects

October 21, 2014 1:46 pm | News | Comments

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have discovered a high-tech method of using supercomputers to identify proteins that cause medications to have certain adverse drug reactions (ADR) or side effects. Read more...         

RegeneRx Proceeds With Phase 3 Eye Drop Study

October 21, 2014 10:43 am | News | Comments

RegeneRx announced that it met with the FDA in September and as a result of the meeting may begin Phase 3 to evaluate RGN-259 preservative-free eye drops for the treatment of patients with neurotrophic keratopathy (NK), an orphan disease of the cornea. Read more...

Boehringer Ingelheim Initiates Phase 3 Cancer Study

October 21, 2014 10:34 am | News | Comments

Boehringer Ingelheim announced enrollment of the first patient in a new global Phase 3 study in patients with mCRC. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the world, with nearly 1.4 million new cases diagnosed each year. Read more...

New Class of Drugs Shows Promise for Treating Chronic Diarrhea

October 21, 2014 10:23 am | News | Comments

A pilot study testing a new type of drug in patients with chronic diarrhea has shown promising effects on reducing their symptoms. Read more...                                    

AbbVie to Pay Shire $1.64B Fee Over Nixed Merger

October 21, 2014 10:13 am | News | Comments

AbbVie is walking away from its proposed $55 billion takeover bid of Shire and has agreed to pay the rival drugmaker a $1.64 billion breakup fee. Read more...                            

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Scientists Take Step Toward Drug to Treat Norovirus Bug

October 21, 2014 10:03 am | News | Comments

An experimental drug currently being trialed for influenza and Ebola viruses could have a new target: norovirus, often known as the winter vomiting virus. Read more...                                

WHO: Ebola Vaccine Trials in W. Africa in January

October 21, 2014 9:48 am | by John Heilprin | News | Comments

The hunt for an Ebola vaccine will produce data soon about whether two experimental vaccines are safe and could lead to larger medical trials in West Africa by January, a top WHO official said. Read more...                   

Embryonic Stem Cells in Trial for Diabetes

October 20, 2014 4:08 pm | by Cynthia Fox, Science Editor | Articles | Comments

As San Diego’s ViaCyte was in the midst of launching the first FDA-approved embryonic stem (ES) cell clinical trial for diabetes last week, Boston’s Harvard University reported that beta cells from ES cells “cured” diabetic mouse-models. Read more...

BioPontis Alliance, HNF Partner to Develop Treatments for CMT

October 20, 2014 2:29 pm | News | Comments

BioPontis Alliance for Rare Disease and the Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation (HNF), both philanthropies, announced the creation of a joint venture to develop drug candidates for the treatment of the rare disease known as Charcot- Marie-Tooth (CMT) Disease. Read more... 

Lab-Developed Intestinal Organoids Form Mature Human Tissue in Mice

October 20, 2014 2:19 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have successfully transplanted “organoids” of functioning human intestinal tissue grown from pluripotent stem cells in a lab dish into mice – creating an unprecedented model for studying diseases of the intestine. Read more...

Revalesio’s Drug Has Potential to Treat Alzheimer’s Disease

October 20, 2014 12:07 pm | News | Comments

Revalesio Corporation and Rush University Medical Center’s Department of Neurological Sciences published findings from two research studies that demonstrate the potential for RNS60 to treat Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia by protecting neuronal function, restoring neuronal connections and promoting neuronal plasticity. Read more...

Taiho Receives FDA Fast Track Designation for Colorectal Cancer Drug

October 20, 2014 11:55 am | News | Comments

Taiho Oncology announced that the FDA granted Fast Track designation for TAS-102, an oral combination anticancer drug under investigation for the treatment of refractory metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC), and that the company has initiated a rolling NDA submission to the FDA. Read more...

Anti-Abuse Label Approved for Painkiller Embeda

October 20, 2014 11:45 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it has approved new labeling for another opioid designed to limit painkiller abuse. Read more...                                 

Metabolic Genetics Research Paves Way to Treating Diabetes, Obesity

October 20, 2014 11:39 am | News | Comments

Breaking down complex conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes and obesity into the specific metabolic proteins and processes that underlie them offers a new approach to studying the genetics of these diseases and how they are interrelated. Read more...

Clanotech Receives Orphan Drug Designation in the EU

October 20, 2014 10:48 am | News | Comments

Clanotech AB announced that its anti-fibrotic and anti-angiogenic candidate drug CLT-28643 received orphan drug designation by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for prevention of scarring post glaucoma filtration surgery.  Read more...

NewLink Genetics, Genentech Enter Into Exclusive Worldwide License

October 20, 2014 10:44 am | News | Comments

NewLink Genetics Corp., a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing, and commercializing novel immunotherapeutics to improve treatment options for patients with cancer, announced that they have entered into an exclusive worldwide license agreement with Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, for the development of NLG919, NewLink's IDO pathway inhibitor. Read more...

Sanofi, Regeneron Announce Phase 3 Study of Atopic Dermatitis Drug

October 20, 2014 10:32 am | News | Comments

Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that the first patients have been dosed in a Phase 3 clinical study of dupilumab, an investigational therapy that blocks IL-4 and IL-13 signaling, in adults with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis (AD) that is not adequately controlled with topical AD medications. Read more..

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