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DelMar Pharmaceuticals' Cancer Drug Shows Promise

October 9, 2014 10:49 am | News | Comments

DelMar Pharmaceuticals Inc., a clinical-stage oncology company, announced the presentation of promising new data supporting the activity of its lead drug compound, VAL-083, in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Read more...

Amgen Says Version of Humira Meets Study Goal

October 9, 2014 10:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Amgen said that its version of Humira, the best-selling drug in the world, worked as well as the original medication in a late-stage clinical trial. Read more...                             

Past Drug Failures Help Create War on Cancer's Next Successes

October 8, 2014 12:31 pm | News | Comments

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) released a new report, "Researching Cancer Medicines: Setbacks and Stepping Stones,"  which highlights the number of investigational cancer medicines that did not succeed in clinical trials and how these so-called "failures" are a critical part of the drug development process. Read more...

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FDA Grants Fast Track Designation to NurOwn for the Treatment of ALS

October 7, 2014 2:45 pm | News | Comments

BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics Inc., a leading developer of adult stem cell technologies for neurodegenerative diseases, announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has designated NurOwn as a Fast Track product for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease). Read more...

Vivolux Cancer Drug Receives FDA Clearance for Clinical Study

October 7, 2014 2:21 pm | News | Comments

Vivolux, a pharmaceutical company specialized in cancer treatment, announced that the FDA has granted clearance to proceed with VLX1570 to clinical phase 1/2 for treatment against relapsed and/or refractory multiple myeloma. Read more...        

Acacia Pharma Gets Positive Results for PONV Treatment

October 7, 2014 10:36 am | News | Comments

 Acacia Pharma announces positive Phase 3 results with APD421 for the management of post-operative nausea & vomiting (PONV). Read more...                                   

Researchers Develop Personalized Ovarian Cancer Vaccines

October 7, 2014 10:02 am | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Connecticut have found a new way to identify protein mutations in cancer cells. The novel method is being used to develop personalized vaccines to treat patients with ovarian cancer. Read more...         

Icon Bioscience Reports Last Patient Out in Phase 3 Cataract Study

October 6, 2014 3:30 pm | News | Comments

Icon Bioscience Inc., a specialty biopharmaceutical company focused on utilizing its Verisome drug-delivery platform to develop unique intraocular eye-care therapeutics, announced that the last patient has completed treatment in its pivotal Phase 3 study of IBI-10090. Read more...

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BMS to Study Opdivo in Combination with Novartis' Lung Cancer Drugs

October 6, 2014 2:42 pm | News | Comments

 Bristol-Myers Squibb Company announced the establishment of a clinical trial collaboration to evaluate the safety, tolerability and preliminary efficacy of combining Bristol-Myers Squibb’s investigational PD-1 immune checkpoint inhibitor Opdivo (nivolumab) with three molecularly targeted oncology therapies (Zykadia (ceritinib), INC280 and EGF816) from Novartis. Read more...

Alcobra Gets Positive Results for Adult ADHD Drug

October 6, 2014 10:22 am | News | Comments

Alcobra Ltd., an emerging pharmaceutical company focused on the development of new medications to help patients with cognitive disorders, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Fragile X Syndrome, announced topline results from a Phase 3 study of Metadoxine Extended Release (MDX) in adults with ADHD. Read more...

CEL-SCI Enrolls 16 New Patients in Phase 3 Cancer Trial

October 3, 2014 3:33 pm | News | Comments

CEL-SCI Corp. announced that during the month of September the company enrolled 16 patients with advanced primary, not yet treated, head and neck cancer into its global pivotal Phase 3 trial. Read more...             

Fasting Blood Biomarker a-HB Predicts Diabetes Risk

October 3, 2014 3:11 pm | News | Comments

Could a single serum biomarker predict risk for diabetes as accurately as a more complex, hours-long diagnostic procedure? According to researchers at Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc. and the University of Utah, the answer is "yes." Read more...

Neurocrine Initiates Clinical Trial for Tourette Syndrome Therapy

October 3, 2014 2:58 pm | News | Comments

Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc. announced that it has initiated a clinical trial of NBI-98854, a proprietary small molecule Vesicular Monoamine Transporter 2 (VMAT2) inhibitor, in both children and adolescents with Tourette syndrome. Read more...      

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Halozyme Gets Orphan Drug Designation for Pancreatic Cancer Drug

October 3, 2014 2:49 pm | News | Comments

Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. announced that the FDA has granted Orphan Drug designation for PEGylated recombinant human hyaluronidase (PEGPH20) for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. Read more...                             

Record Number of Clinical Trials for Multiple Myeloma this Year

October 3, 2014 2:11 pm | News | Comments

The Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium (MMRC) announced that it has opened six new clinical trials in 2014, and is on track to open more multiple myeloma clinical trials during 2014 than any other year since the Consortium was founded in 2004. Read more...

Intarcia Announces Positive Results for Type 2 Diabetes Therapy

October 2, 2014 3:33 pm | News | Comments

Intarcia Therapeutics announced successful top-line results from two of its four phase 3 clinical trials for ITCA 650 . The first trial, FREEDOM-1, was a placebo-controlled, double-blind phase 3 clinical trial that tested the efficacy and safety of ITCA 650 in patients with type 2 diabetes against placebo. Read more...

Ariad's Lung Cancer Drug Receives FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation

October 2, 2014 3:21 pm | News | Comments

Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that its investigational cancer medicine, AP26113, has received Breakthrough Therapy designation by the FDA for the treatment of patients with anaplastic lymphoma kinase positive (ALK+) metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who are resistant to crizotinib. Read more...

NKT Therapeutics’ Sickle Cell Disease Drug Receives FDA Fast Track

October 2, 2014 2:42 pm | News | Comments

NKT Therapeutics announced that FDA has granted Fast Track designation to NKTT120, the company’s lead therapeutic being developed for the treatment of sickle cell disease. Read more...

Lilly Discontinues Development of Lupus Drug

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

Eli Lilly and Company announced it will discontinue development of tabalumab­ -- being studied for the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE, commonly known as lupus) -- due to insufficient efficacy in two pivotal Phase 3 trials. Read more...

Amgen Announces Positive Data for Cholesterol-Lowering Medication

October 2, 2014 2:12 pm | News | Comments

Amgen announced The Lancet published data from two Phase 3 studies, RUTHERFORD-2 and TESLA, that showed treatment with evolocumab, a novel investigational low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C)-lowering medication, resulted in a statistically significant reduction in LDL-C compared to placebo in patients with different types of familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). Read more...

Takeda Announces Phase 3 Data for UC, Crohn's Drug

October 2, 2014 10:29 am | News | Comments

Takeda announced that new data from GEMINI LTS, a Phase 3, ongoing, open-label extension study of Entyvio (vedolizumab) for the treatment of adults with moderately to severely active UC and CD will be presented as oral presentations during the 21st United European Gastroenterology Week in Vienna, Austria. Read more...

Japan Starts World-First Stem Cell Trial, Plans More

October 2, 2014 10:20 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Editor | Articles | Comments

The first patient has been treated, by Japan’s Riken Institute, in the world’s first clinical study of stem cells made from ordinary mature cells. The cells were retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells, but they began as a macular-degeneration patient’s skin cells.

High-Cholesterol Drug Data Lifts Esperion

October 2, 2014 10:13 am | News | Comments

Shares of Esperion Therapeutics surged in aftermarket trading after the company reported positive clinical trial results for its experimental high-cholesterol drug ETC-1002. Read more...                   

Nine-Valent HPV Vaccine May Prevent Nearly 90% of Cervical Cancers

October 1, 2014 3:59 pm | News | Comments

Because nine human papillomavirus (HPV) subtypes were found to cause the majority of cervical precancers, a nine-valent HPV vaccine currently being investigated may be able to prevent more cervical cancers than current vaccines, according to new research. Read more...

Portola Pharmaceuticals Announces Phase 3 ANNEXA-A Data

October 1, 2014 3:45 pm | News | Comments

Portola Pharmaceuticals announced that its first Phase 3 study of andexanet alfa, a potential universal Factor Xa inhibitor antidote and U.S. Food and Drug Administration-designated breakthrough therapy, met its primary and secondary endpoints with high statistical significance. Read more...

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