Thursday, December 6, 2012
Switzerland-based Roche and the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), Europe’s largest public-private initiative aiming to speed up the development of better and safer medicines for patients, have launched StemBANCC, a new academic–industry partnership that unites 10 pharmaceutical companies and 23 academic institutions.
INC Research, a therapeutically focused CRO, has launched INC Research Strategic Advisory Services, a new global business unit dedicated to providing biopharmaceutical customers with world-class consulting capabilities in the areas of drug development and commercialization, regulatory consulting and submissions and quality assurance.
Geron, a Menlo Park, Calif.-based biopharmaceutical company developing first-in-class therapies for cancer, has discontinued development of GRN1005, its peptide-drug conjugate designed to treat cancers in the brain. Going forward, the company will focus on the development of imetelstat, its telomerase inhibitor, in hematologic myeloid malignancies and in patients with solid tumors that have short telomeres.
The ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI), aimed at developing effective therapeutics that slow or stop amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and the Gladstone Institutes, a nonprofit biomedical-research organization, have formed a research collaboration to speed the discovery of potential treatments for ALS through the preclinical drug development process.