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LabCorp completes acquisition of Covance

Monday, February 23, 2015 01:00 PM

Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LabCorp) has completed its acquisition of Covance, following its definitive purchase agreement Nov. 2, 2014.

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Patient Recruitment for Special Populations

Monday, February 23, 2015 08:00 AM

Patient recruitment for clinical trials is one of the most important, yet underfunded, components of a clinical trial.

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Merck Serono, Sysmex Inostics open liquid biopsy RAS biomarker testing center

Friday, February 20, 2015 12:32 PM

Merck Serono, the biopharmaceutical business of Merck, has announced the opening of the first liquid biopsy RAS biomarker testing center in Vall d'Hebron's Institute of Oncology, Barcelona, Spain, and initially will test patients as part of its research program. This is an important milestone in making the new liquid biopsy RAS test available to patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC), and a significant step forward in Merck Serono's collaboration with Sysmex Inostics, a Germany-based molecular diagnostic company.

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Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, UNC expand IBD patient-focused engagement

Friday, February 20, 2015 12:29 PM

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is collaborating with the University of North Carolina School of Medicine (UNC) to create a research partnership between patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and the scientific community. CCFA Partners is a "patient-powered research network" for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (collectively known as IBD) that uses state-of-the-art bioinformatics to engage and gather information from patients that researchers can study and analyze along with clinical and other patient-generated data.

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WHO urges governments to invest $34B for neglected tropical diseases

Friday, February 20, 2015 12:20 PM

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a report urging countries to scale up their investment in tackling 17 neglected tropical diseases in order to improve the health and well-being of more than 1.5 billion people. This investment would represent as little as 0.1% of current domestic expenditure on health in affected low- and middle-income countries for the period 2015-2030.

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NIH expands tuberculosis research program, awards $105.3M

Thursday, February 19, 2015 02:40 PM

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the NIH, is expanding its Tuberculosis Research Units (TBRU) program in an effort to drive innovation in tuberculosis (TB) research. NIAID is awarding up to $15.2 million in fiscal year 2015 and as much as $105.3 million over seven years to fund four institutions that will act as a collaborative TBRU network.

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Actavis intends to adopt Allergan following acquisition

Thursday, February 19, 2015 02:39 PM

Actavis, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, will adopt a new corporate name—Allergan—following the anticipated successful completion of the acquisition of Allergan. The company said that it intends to use the Allergan name as its corporate name and for its global branded pharmaceutical portfolio, and will retain the Actavis name for select geographic regions and product portfolios. The change in corporate name would be subject to approval by Actavis' shareholders at its annual general meeting later this year. 

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Heat Biologics, OncoSec Medical collaborate on immunotherapy platforms

Thursday, February 19, 2015 02:38 PM

Heat Biologics, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing cancer immunotherapies based in Durham, N.C., and OncoSec Medical, a San Diego, Calif.-based company developing DNA-based intratumoral cancer immunotherapies, have entered into an agreement to evaluate the combination of the immunotherapy approaches developed by each company.

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Ferring Pharmaceuticals acquires BioSET orthobiologic product candidates

Thursday, February 19, 2015 02:37 PM

Ferring Pharmaceuticals, based in Saint Prex, Switzerland, has acquired the assets of Maryland-based BioSurface Engineering Technologies (BioSET), including two phase III ready orthobiologic product candidates designed to improve bone repair. The initial indications for Amplex and Prefix to be investigated are fusion in foot/ankle and lumbar spine surgical procedures, respectively. Both products are based on a unique biomimetic peptide designed to enhance the body’s own natural mechanisms of bone repair.

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Pharming appoints Dr. Perry Calias chief scientific officer

Thursday, February 19, 2015 02:17 PM

Pharming Group has appointed Dr. Perry Calias chief scientific officer. Calias will have overall responsibility for the company's new enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) programs, achieving the scientific milestones set in the business plan, enhancing the IP portfolio, overseeing new product development and contributing to the overall strategic direction of the company.

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February 23

Venture capital investors funding novel drug R&D three times more than companies repurposing, improving existing drugs

In appreciation: Karen Woodin will be remembered for her teaching, writing and lasting friendships

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February

Study grants market breaks $13 billion
Volume of clinical activity rising while growth in grant spending slows

Revisiting eClinical Technology Solutions Adoption
While use of established solutions grows, sponsors hesitate on newer tools

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January

All eyes on EMA’s adaptive licensing pilot
Sponsors could offer innovative drugs to patients 8 years sooner

Ice Bucket Challenge a boon for ALS research
Donations soar, but phenomenon difficult to replicate

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