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DSG, OPKO Health ink agreement for trial management solution

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 12:50 PM

OPKO Health, a multinational pharmaceutical and diagnostics company, has selected Malvern, Pa.-based DSG’s eCaseLink integrated suite for self-building of harmonized electronic data capture (EDC), IWRS, drug safety event capture and case reporting and CTMS systems. DSG’s team will support the OPKO team and their site users.

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LEO Pharma, Japan Tobacco ink license agreement for JTE-052

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 12:47 PM

LEO Pharma and Japan Tobacco (JT) have entered into a license agreement, under which LEO Pharma will obtain exclusive rights to further develop, register and market JT’s experimental JAK inhibitor, JTE-052, for topical use in dermatological indications worldwide, excluding Japan where JT retains rights.

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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Astellas form research collaboration

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 12:45 PM

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Astellas Pharma have inked a three-year R&D collaboration for small molecule inhibitors of oncogenic K-Ras for the treatment of cancer, including lung cancer.

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AstraZeneca has acquired Almirall’s respiratory business

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 12:45 PM

Almirall, a global company based in Barcelona dedicated to providing valuable medicines through its R&D, agreements and alliances, has completed the transaction to transfer to AstraZeneca the rights to Almirall's respiratory franchise after all closing conditions have been satisfied. AZ now will own the rights for the development and commercialization of Almirall's existing proprietary respiratory business, including rights to revenues from Almirall's partnerships, as well as its pipeline of investigational novel therapies.

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PDR, LDM Group merge

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 12:42 PM

PDR Network, a Montvale, N.J.-based provider of drug information and prescriber communications, has merged with LDM Group, a St. Louis, Mo.-based provider of behavior-based patient and consumer health information.  

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AstraZeneca, Pharmacyclics, Janssen partner

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 12:37 PM

AstraZenecaPharmacyclics and Janssen R&D have entered into a clinical trial collaboration to evaluate the efficacy and safety of AstraZeneca's investigational anti-PD-L1 immune checkpoint inhibitor, MEDI4736, in combination with imbruvica (ibrutinib), an oral Bruton's tyrosine kinase inhibitor, co-developed and co-commercialized by Pharmacyclics and Janssen Biotech. The study will assess the combination as a treatment for patients with hematologic cancers including diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and follicular lymphoma, which are investigational uses for both compounds.

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ALS Association triples spending on research thanks to ice bucket donations

Monday, November 3, 2014 02:44 PM

Thanks to the summer’s Ice Bucket Challenge donations, the ALS Association will be tripling the amount of money it spends on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research. The funds also will support the association’s Certified Treatment Centers of Excellence, which provide evidence-based, multi-disciplinary ALS care and services in a supportive atmosphere with an emphasis on hope and quality of life.

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Cleveland Clinic unveils Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2015

Monday, November 3, 2014 02:41 PM

Cleveland Clinic, a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education, has announced its 9th annual list of Top 10 Medical Innovations likely to have major impact on improving patient care in 2015. The list of up-and-coming technologies and drug therapies was selected by a panel of 110 Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists. The Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2015 are:

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Novartis to sell influenza vaccines business to CSL for $275M

Monday, November 3, 2014 02:39 PM

Novartis has agreed to divest its influenza vaccines business to CSL for $275 million. This transaction requires regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the second half of 2015.

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Novo Nordisk invests $126M in new Denmark diabetes research labs

Monday, November 3, 2014 02:38 PM

Novo Nordisk has invested approximately $126 million in new laboratories at the company's R&D campus in Måløv, Denmark. Construction has started, and the new laboratory facility is expected to be ready in early 2016.

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