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Genentech, PatientsLikeMe enter patient-centric research collaboration

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 12:24 PM

PatientsLikeMe, a patient network and a real-time research platform, has formed a five-year agreement with Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, to explore using PatientsLikeMe’s global online patient network to develop innovative ways to research patients’ real-world experiences with disease and treatment. The agreement is the first broad research collaboration between PatientsLikeMe and a pharmaceutical company and provides PatientsLikeMe the opportunity to expand its patient network in oncology.

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European researchers to submit proposals focused on curing virological diseases

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 02:41 PM

In a quest to cure chronic virological diseases such as HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, Bristol-Myers Squibb has asked European researchers—notably junior faculty and young investigators—to submit innovative research ideas  to accelerate novel solutions as part of its Partnering for Cure program.

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Mallinckrodt acquires Questcor for $5.6 billion

Monday, April 7, 2014 01:17 PM

Fulfilling a strategy to substantially invest in the specialty pharmaceutical business, Mallinckrodt announced this morning it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Questcor Pharmaceuticals, a high-growth biopharmaceutical company, in a transaction valued at about $5.6 billion.

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Europe approves clinical trial transparency law

Monday, April 7, 2014 12:39 PM

Pharmaceutical companies and academic researchers will have to post the results of all their European clinical trials in a publicly-accessible database, under a draft law already informally agreed with E.U. ministers and passed by Parliament. The law also facilitates cross-border cooperation to make clinical trials larger, more viable and more reliable, which should in turn boost efforts to develop special treatments (e.g. for rare diseases).

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Evotec inks agreements with Debiopharm Group, Convergence

Monday, April 7, 2014 12:37 PM

Evotec, a drug discovery alliance and development partnership company, has formed a research collaboration and licensing deal with Debiopharm Group, a Swiss-based global biopharmaceutical group, to identify and develop novel compounds having the potential to treat multiple forms of solid tumors and leukemias with defined genetic alterations.

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WuXi PharmaTech invests in TruTag security platform for drug safety

Monday, April 7, 2014 12:36 PM

CRO WuXi PharmaTech, with operations in China and the U.S., and TruTag Technologies, developer of an edible, covert security platform to address the global product counterfeiting challenge, have announced that WuXi Corporate Venture Fund has made an investment in TruTag.

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Seoul National University Hospital, OmniComm Systems ink agreement

Monday, April 7, 2014 12:35 PM

OmniComm Systems, a global provider of clinical data management solutions for clinical trials, signed a five-year agreement with Seoul National University Hospital (SNUH) Clinical Trials Center, an academic medical center in the Republic of Korea, to use OmniComm Systems' TrialOne technology for automation within its phase I clinical pharmacology studies.

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Merck, Ferring, WHO work to prevent post-partum hemorrhage

Monday, April 7, 2014 12:33 PM

Merck and Ferring Pharmaceuticals are collaborating with the World Health Organization (WHO) to advance a new, proprietary formulation of carbetocin, used to prevent excessive bleeding (post-partum hemorrhage) in women after childbirth, which is designed to be stable at room temperature, even in hot and tropical climates (ICH climatic zone IV).

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Sun Pharma to acquire Ranbaxy for $4 billion

Monday, April 7, 2014 12:31 PM

India-based Sun Pharma, an international, integrated, specialty pharmaceutical company, will acquire Ranbaxy Laboratories, an integrated, research-based, international pharmaceutical company, in an all-stock transaction.

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The Pulse on Global Trials By Matthew Howes

Monday, April 7, 2014 09:00 AM

Are your recruitment and retention goals for clinical trials in developing markets realistic?

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