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NIH issues finalized policy on genomic data sharing

Thursday, August 28, 2014 01:05 PM

The NIH has issued a final NIH Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) policy to promote data sharing as a way to speed the translation of data into knowledge, products and procedures that improve health while protecting the privacy of research participants. The final policy was posted in the Federal Register Aug. 26 and published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts Aug. 27.

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Report: Cancer survival in England improving using cancer staging data

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 01:17 PM

Cancer survival in England for breast, lung, prostate, colorectal and ovarian cancer continues to improve, according to new data published in a report from Public Health England’s National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN).

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Report: Pharma crosses new frontiers with global tiered pricing strategies

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 01:15 PM

Despite the adoption of tiered pricing strategies by pharmaceutical companies around the world, there is only a tenuous correlation between the prices of pharmaceutical products and the local economic conditions of the countries where they are launched, according to a comprehensive new study by IHS, a global source of critical information and insight, headquartered in Englewood, Colo.

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Cilag International acquires Covagen

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 01:13 PM

Cilag International, a Switzerland-based affiliate of Janssen Pharmaceutical, a division of Johnson & Johnson, has acquired Covagen, a privately held biopharmaceutical company specializing in the development of multi-specific protein therapeutics through the FynomAb technology platform.

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Medtronic acquires Sapiens Steering Brain Stimulation

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 01:12 PM

Medtronic, a Minneapolis, Minn., medical technology provider, has acquired Sapiens Steering Brain Stimulation (Sapiens SBS), a Netherlands-based, privately held developer of deep brain stimulation (DBS) technologies, for approximately $200 million in cash.

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Pfizer, Merck to collaborate on anti-cancer combination regimen

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 10:01 AM

Pfizer and Merck have entered into an agreement to explore the therapeutic potential of the combination of Pfizer’s crizotinib (XALKORI) with Merck’s investigational anti-PD-1 antibody pembrolizumab, in a phase Ib clinical study evaluating the safety and tolerability of the combination in patients with ALK-positive advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).  The financial terms of the agreement have not been disclosed. 

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Expression Analysis, Illumina launch 2014 grant program

Monday, August 25, 2014 02:13 PM

Expression Analysis (EA), a Quintiles company based in Research Triangle Park, N.C., is co-sponsoring a grant program that provides scientists with leading-edge products and services to advance genomics research.

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Covidien acquires Reverse Medical

Monday, August 25, 2014 02:11 PM

Covidien, a Dublin, Ireland-based global healthcare products company and manufacturer of medical devices and supplies, has acquired California-based Reverse Medical, a privately held medical device company focused on expanding the management of vascular disease. Financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

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OncoSynergy launches ebola treatment crowdfunding campaign

Monday, August 25, 2014 02:09 PM

OncoSynergy, a University of California San Francisco spinoff focused on addressing unmet needs in oncology, particularly orphan cancers, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund a study testing its experimental cancer drug, OS2966, for ebola infection.

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Cancer Genetics completes acquisition of BioServe India

Monday, August 25, 2014 02:06 PM

Cancer Genetics (CGI), a Rutherford, N.J.-based, DNA-based cancer diagnostics provider, has completed the acquisition of BioServe Biotechnologies, a premier genomics services provider serving the research and clinical markets in India.

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