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NIH agency gets new name to reflect complementary, integrative health

Thursday, December 18, 2014 11:15 AM

The NIH agency with primary responsibility for research on promising health approaches already in use by the American public has a new name—the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).

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Research, generic/biosimilar industries call for integrated strategy for Europe

Thursday, December 18, 2014 11:14 AM

Ahead of the adoption of the European Commission Work Program, the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) and the European Generic Medicines Association (EGA) have reiterated their joint Europe 2020 strategy submission for an industrial policy for the globalization era and the value it places in the pharmaceutical sector. The joint submission highlights key proposals on how to successfully integrate the pharmaceutical sector for an industrial policy that will boost European health and wealth alike.

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Survey: France Biotech recommends policies to develop innovative life sciences companies

Thursday, December 18, 2014 11:09 AM

France Biotech, an association of entrepreneurs in the life sciences industry, has published the twelfth edition of its annual survey, Panorama of the Life Sciences Industry, which outlines the industry's major trends for 2013 and 2014 in France and worldwide. This year, 214 French companies took part in the study. France Biotech included multiple recommendations to foster excellence in the life sciences industry.

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2014 Drug Approvals: Speeding Novel Drugs to the Patients Who Need Them

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 03:15 PM

Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., commissioner of the FDA, spoke about 2014 drug approval data on the FDA’s official blog FDAVoice.

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MMG names Helen West president, Ann Kottcamp as COO

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:51 PM

MMG, a Rockville, Md.-based global, full-service patient recruitment group, a Ketchum company and part of the Omnicom Group, has appointed Helen West president, effective Jan. 1. She succeeds John Benbrook, who is departing MMG to become CEO of a Pennsylvania-based publishing company.

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FDA announces Pharmacy Compounding Advisory Committee members

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:29 PM

The FDA has announced the membership of the Pharmacy Compounding Advisory Committee. The committee is comprised of 14 members—12 voting and two non-voting—who will provide advice on scientific, technical and medical issues concerning drug compounding under sections 503A and 503B of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

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PPD, ERT partner to enhance drug development

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:28 PM

Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), a global CRO based in Wilmington, N.C., and ERT, a Philadelphia, Pa.-based provider of patient safety and efficacy data collection solutions, have partnered to facilitate delivery of ERT’s comprehensive solutions for patient safety and efficacy endpoint data collection to help biopharmaceutical clients conduct clinical trials in a more efficient and cost-effective manner.

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Infraredx, Massachusetts General Hospital collaborate on cardiovascular imaging devices

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:26 PM

Infraredx, a Burlington, Mass.-based cardiovascular imaging company, is collaborating with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and coronary imaging researcher Gary Tearney, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School, Mike and Sue Hazard Family MGH Research Scholar and founder of the Tearney Lab at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at MGH. The multi-year collaboration will focus on research and development of new and combination technologies that aim to provide enhanced information about coronary disease in patients.

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CRF Health partners with EuroQol to become a preferred eCOA provider

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:21 PM

CRF Health, a global provider of eCOA solutions for the life sciences industry based in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., has inked an agreement with EuroQol to launch the EQ-5D web system on its TrialMax Web software platform. CRF Health has become the first eCOA provider to be granted permission to host the EQ-5D web version for use in clinical trials. CRF Health now is uniquely positioned to provide a single solution for eCOA that combines the benefits of EQ-5D to make data collection faster and optimize the valuation of health outcomes. 

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Curie-Cancer, GamaMabs Pharma renew research partnership

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:17 PM

Curie-Cancer, the Paris-based body responsible for developing Institut Curie’s industry partnership activities, and GamaMabs Pharma, a French biotechnology company developing monoclonal antibodies for cancer, have extended their partnership to develop the 3C23K antibody for the treatment of gynecological cancers.

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