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Global Ebola relief effort not reaching rural communities

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 11:50 AM

Unprecedented levels of donation to support Ebola-struck Sierra Leone are bypassing many of the places where funding is urgently needed, claim two U.K.-based experts. The independent experts, Dutch sustainability scientist Robert Verkerk, Ph.D., and Sierra Leonean crisis management expert Morris Marah, have just returned from a one-week capacity assessment mission requested by Hon Alpha Kanu, Minister of Information and Communications of Sierra Leone.

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Yabao Pharmaceuticals, MRC Technology partner in China

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 11:49 AM

China-based Yabao Pharmaceutical has inked an exclusive license with MRC Technology, a U.K. medical research charity, to discover, develop and commercialize innovative products targeting a kinase target for neurodegeneration for the treatment of Parkinson's disease.

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CDISC, TransCelerate release new standards for diabetes, cardiovascular disease

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 11:45 AM

The Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC), a global nonprofit, and King of Prussia, Pa.-based nonprofit TransCelerate BioPharma have made available therapeutic area standards for diabetes and cardiovascular (CV) disease areas through the Coalition for Accelerating Standards and Therapies (CFAST), a joint initiative of CDISC and the Critical Path Institute (C-Path).

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BioMarin to acquire Prosensa for $680M

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 08:30 AM

BioMarin Pharmaceutical, based in San Rafael, Calif., will acquire Prosensa for $17.75 per share, for a total up-front consideration of approximately $680 million. In addition, two approximately $80 million contingent milestones are payable for the approval of drisapersen in the U.S. no later than May 15, 2016, and Europe no later than Feb. 15, 2017, respectively.

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CytRx announces partial clinical hold affecting aldoxorubicin clinical trials

Monday, November 24, 2014 02:58 PM

CytRx, a biopharmaceutical R&D company specializing in oncology, has received notice from the FDA that its clinical trials for aldoxorubicin have been placed on partial clinical hold. All currently enrolled patients can continue receiving aldoxorubicin treatment, or comparator drugs, as per study protocols, but no new patients can be enrolled until the clinical hold is lifted.

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Report: 80% of pharma outsource some of their government reimbursement budgets

Monday, November 24, 2014 02:53 PM

Eighty percent of surveyed pharma companies outsource some portion of their government reimbursement budgets, including third-party audits that can help companies remain compliant to changing industry guidelines, according to Cutting Edge Information, a Research Triangle Park, N.C.-based pharmaceutical business intelligence provider.

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Cell Therapy Catapult, partners launch U.K. database of research funding

Monday, November 24, 2014 02:50 PM

The Cell Therapy Catapult, focused on the development of the U.K. cell therapy industry, has collaborated with the U.K. Regenerative Medicine Platform, the Knowledge Transfer Network and the Association of Medical Research Charities to develop a database of U.K. cell therapy research funding.

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SEC suspends trading in companies touting Ebola-related prevention/treatment operations

Monday, November 24, 2014 02:49 PM

The Securities and Exchange Commission has suspended trading in four companies that claim to be developing products or services in response to the Ebola outbreak, citing a lack of publicly available information about the companies' operations.

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Gates Foundation to support Ebola-affected countries, accelerate treatment evaluation

Monday, November 24, 2014 02:46 PM

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, based in Seattle, Wash., will be supporting efforts in Guinea and other Ebola-affected countries to scale up the production and evaluation of convalescent plasma and other convalescent blood products as potential therapies for people infected with the Ebola virus. Various drug candidates also will be evaluated, including the experimental antiviral drug brincidofovir.

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Almac, ESMS Global collaborate

Monday, November 24, 2014 02:45 PM

Almac, a global provider of advanced clinical technology and support services, and ESMS, a 24/7 medical emergency response service for clinical trials based in the U.K., are collaborating to offer clients an exclusive solution surrounding emergency unblinding procedures.

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