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CytRx launches discovery laboratory to develop anti-cancer drug platform

Thursday, October 16, 2014 08:31 AM

CytRx, a Los Angeles-Calif.-based biopharmaceutical R&D company specializing in oncology, has commenced operations at its new discovery laboratory in Freiburg, Germany. The new laboratory will conduct discovery and translational research to create drug candidates that utilize novel linker technologies that couple chemotherapeutic agents and proteins either inside the body or externally, and then concentrate drug in tumors.

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MHRA sets up ‘one-stop shop’ for advice on regenerative medicine

Thursday, October 16, 2014 08:00 AM

The U.K.’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s (MHRA) Innovation Office has set up a portal for all regulatory queries concerning regenerative medicines, the Regenerative Medicines Regulatory Advice Service. A “one-stop shop” service, it will provide a single point of access from the four regulators in the field: the Human Tissue Authority (HTA), the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA), Health Research Authority (HRA) and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which will provide a coordinated single response service for free regulatory advice.

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Astellas, Harvard Medical School investigator collaborate

Thursday, October 16, 2014 07:30 AM

Astellas Pharma, based in Tokyo, Japan, has formed a research collaboration with an investigator at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass., focused on discovering the pathologic mechanism for retinitis pigmentosa and identification of new therapeutic targets. Astellas and Harvard aim to provide a new treatment option, possibly gene therapy, to retinitis pigmentosa patients who have difficulty maintaining good vision.  

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Exostar, BT partner

Thursday, October 16, 2014 07:00 AM

Exostar, a Herndon, Va.-based provider of secure, cloud-based solutions that improve collaboration, information sharing and supply chain management for communities of partners, has become a specialist member of the BT for Life Sciences partner ecosystem. Exostar’s secure identity and access management (IAM) and enterprise federation solutions now can be paired with BT’s Workbench Informatics solution for scientists.

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Celerion joins Cardiac Safety Research Consortium

Thursday, October 16, 2014 07:00 AM

Celerion, a Lincoln, Neb.-based provider of cardiovascular safety services in early clinical research, has become a member of the Cardiac Safety Research Consortium (CSRC). Celerion will engage with other thought leaders on key issues that impact cardiovascular safety, including discussions of alternative approaches to ICH E14 to assess arrhythmia liability in early drug development.

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CCRM, RepliCel to partner on development of cell therapies for tendon repair

Thursday, October 16, 2014 06:30 AM

RepliCel Life Sciences, a Vancouver-based clinical stage regenerative medicine company focused on the development of autologous cell therapies, is the newest member of the Center for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine’s (CCRM) industry consortium, a Canadian not-for-profit organization.

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KCR launches KCR Date Forecaster app for medical appointment scheduling

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 09:00 PM

KCR, a European CRO, has launched KCR Date Forecaster, a mobile application providing patients with smart scheduling and automatic reminders for doctor appointments and medical examinations. 

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Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pharmacyclics and Janssen collaborate

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 08:00 PM

Bristol-Myers SquibbPharmacyclics and Janssen R&D have entered into a clinical trial collaboration agreement to evaluate the safety, tolerability and preliminary efficacy of BMS’ investigational PD-1 immune checkpoint inhibitor Opdivo (nivolumab) in combination with Imbruvica (ibrutinib), an oral Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor co-developed and co-marketed by Pharmacyclics and Janssen.

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Alexion, Cincinnati Children’s launch rare disease innovation fund

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 06:30 PM

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, a Cambridge, Mass.-based developer of breakthrough therapies for patients with severe and life-threatening rare diseases, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have established the Alexion Rare Disease Innovation Fund for the advancement of research in rare disease.

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Impax to acquire Tower Holdings and Lineage Therapeutics

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 06:00 PM

Hayward, Calif.-based Impax Laboratories will acquire Tower Holdings, including operating subsidiaries CorePharma, based in Middlesex, N.J., Amedra Pharmaceuticals, based in Horsham, Penn., and Lineage Therapeutics, also based in Horsham, for $700 million in cash, subject to certain customary purchase price adjustments.

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