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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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DrugDev appoints chief business officer Nick Watling

Thursday, February 19, 2015 01:26 PM

DrugDev has announced the appointment of Nick Watling to the new position of chief business officer as the company continues its rapid growth to meet increasing customer demand. Watling will lead strategic initiatives to further enhance DrugDev’s operational performance and enable it to continue providing support to customers. He also will oversee the human resources, quality and administration functions.

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Collegium Pharmaceutical files NDA with FDA for Xtampza ER

Thursday, February 19, 2015 01:15 PM

The FDA has accepted for filing Collegium Pharmaceutical’s NDA for Xtampza ER, its novel, abuse-deterrent, extended-release oxycodone formulation for the treatment of chronic pain. Collegium Pharmaceutical is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative abuse-deterrent treatments for chronic pain and other diseases

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Altasciences companies receive CRO Leadership Awards

Thursday, February 19, 2015 01:08 PM

Altasciences has announced that its companies, Algorithme Pharma (Montreal, Canada) and Vince & Associates Clinical Research (Kansas), are both 2015 CRO Leadership Award recipients.

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FDA grants Genentech’s cobimetinib Priority Review for melanoma

Thursday, February 19, 2015 01:00 PM

The FDA has accepted and granted Priority Review for Genentech’s, a member of the Roche Group, NDA for cobimetinib in combination with Zelboraf (vemurafenib) for the treatment of people with BRAF V600 mutation-positive advanced melanoma. The FDA will make a decision on approval by Aug. 11.

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NIH trial compares three drugs for diabetic macular edema

Thursday, February 19, 2015 12:49 PM

In an NIH-supported clinical trial comparing three drugs for diabetic macular edema (DME), Eylea (aflibercept) provided greater visual improvement, on average, than did Avastin (bevacizumab) or Lucentis (ranibizumab) when vision was 20/50 or worse at the start of the trial. However, the three drugs resulted in similar average improvement when starting vision was 20/40 to 20/32. Investigators found no major differences in the safety of the three drugs. The trial was funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the NIH.

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Theorem Clinical Research, Biomedical Systems partner

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 11:58 AM

Theorem Clinical Research, a global CRO based in King of Prussia, Pa., and Biomedical Systems, a provider of comprehensive centralized diagnostic services, have formed a strategic partnership to expand a suite of services available to clients worldwide.

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