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Cancer Research U.K. launches $16M biotherapeutics funding scheme

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 11:43 AM

Cancer Research U.K. has launched a new biotherapeutics funding schemes to give new opportunities to scientists and clinicians to harness the power of biotherapeutic treatments. Applications for the award will be judged on the potential of turning the research findings into new preventative, diagnostic or therapeutic approaches for cancer.

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SBRI Healthcare launches $4M competition

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 11:41 AM

Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Healthcare, an NHS England funded initiative to develop innovative products that address unmet health needs, has launched the latest SBRI Healthcare competition, which aims to accelerate development and NHS adoption of new technologies. In the second tranche of funding this year, a further $4 million is on offer to companies working in priority healthcare areas, including brain injury; child and adolescent mental health; diabetic foot ulcers; imaging; and outpatient services.

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RHO awarded contract from National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 11:40 AM

Rho, a Chapel Hill, N.C.-based CRO, has renewed an existing federal contract with the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), a part of the Health and Human Services and NIH. Rho will provide clinical research operations and management support to the NIDCR and to NIDCR funded clinical research studies from study preparation and initiation through study completion and close-out.

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Inovio Pharmaceuticals, MedImmune, University of Pennsylvania partner

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 11:39 AM

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded $12.2 million for a collaborative study that will be conducted by scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of PennsylvaniaInovio Pharmaceuticals and MedImmune, the global biologics R&D arm of AstraZeneca. The group will develop DNA-based monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) for infectious disease treatment. DARPA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense that creates and supports novel technologies important for national security.

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National Alzheimer's Plan milestones must be strengthened to meet 2025 goal

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 11:33 AM

The U.S. government has initiated a major effort to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer's disease by 2025. However, a workgroup of nearly 40 Alzheimer's researchers and scientists said the research milestones in the U.S. government's National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease must be broadened in scope, increased in scale and adequately funded in order to successfully achieve this goal. A series of proposals by the workgroup to enlarge and strengthen the plan have been published in Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association.

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Fidelity Biosciences and Atlas Venture launch Unum Therapeutics

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 11:28 AM

Fidelity Biosciences and Atlas Venture, with participation from Sanofi-Genzyme BioVentures, have launched Unum Therapeutics, a company developing cellular immunotherapy to treat cancer. Fidelity Biosciences invests venture capital in biopharmaceutical, medical technology, healthcare information technology and healthcare service companies, while Atlas Venture is an early-stage investor. All three are based in Cambridge, Mass.

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Time to Focus on Solutions for Sites—the last piece of the trial acceleration puzzle

Monday, October 20, 2014 08:00 AM

Over the last 20 years, the industry has focused on developing solutions to help streamline and accelerate the clinical trial process for two of the three main clinical trial stakeholders: sponsors/CROs and patients/volunteers.

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Physicians to pharmas: provide patient services or face irrelevance

Friday, October 17, 2014 02:49 PM

Physicians are looking to pharmaceutical companies to help them keep patients engaged in their healthcare by providing patient services, according to the ePharma Physician 2014 study from Manhattan Research, part of Burlington, Mass.-based Decision Resources Group.

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Study: strong consumer interest in storing, sharing health data

Friday, October 17, 2014 02:47 PM

As Apple, Samsung and Google field health and fitness data aggregators, 30% of online consumers would be interested in using such a service, and more than one-third would consider doing so if it saved them money.

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Cardiorentis, Roche collaborate on Ularitide

Friday, October 17, 2014 12:49 PM

Cardiorentis, a Switzerland-based, privately held biopharmaceutical company, is collaborating with Roche to establish the therapeutic efficacy and safety of Ularitide, the company's investigational drug for acute heart failure (AHF). Cardiorentis will incorporate Roche's advanced in vitro diagnostic tests into its TRUE-AHF phase III study to characterize the pharmacological properties of Ularitide, evaluate its benefit-risk profile and the appropriate clinical application in patients.

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