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Baxalta launches focused on orphan diseases and underserved conditions

Thursday, July 2, 2015 08:53 AM

Baxalta has launched as a global biopharmaceutical company dedicated to delivering transformative therapies to patients with orphan diseases and underserved conditions. The company continues to advance in hematology and immunology and seeks to expand its oncology portfolio for patients with limited treatment options. Baxalta plans to launch 20 new products by 2020, leveraging the company’s existing global capabilities and footprint in more than 100 countries.

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Entasis launches with a drug-resistant bacterial infections portfolio

Thursday, July 2, 2015 08:47 AM

Entasis Therapeutics, a Waltham, Mass.-based company, has launched with a portfolio of diverse, innovative investigational drugs for the treatment of serious drug-resistant bacterial infections.

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Actelion creates Vaxxilon together with the Max Planck Society

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 10:38 AM

Actelion, a biopharmaceutical company based in Switzerland, has created a start-up, together with the Max Planck Society, in synthetic carbohydrate vaccines. The new company, Vaxxilon, aims to discover, develop, and commercialize synthetic carbohydrate vaccines.

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Transgene plans restructuring to focus on R&D, cuts 120 jobs

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 10:21 AM

Transgene, a France-based biotechnology company specializing in immunotherapies for cancer and infectious diseases, plans to modify its vertical integration model and to implement a restructuring in order to maintain its competitiveness and to ensure a sustainable future.

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AMAG Pharmaceuticals acquires Lumara Health's Maternal Health Business

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 10:20 AM

AMAG Pharmaceuticals, a Massachusetts-based specialty pharmaceutical company, has completed the acquisition of Lumara Health, a St. Louis, Mo.-based specialty pharmaceutical company with a particular focus on maternal health. The transaction was announced on September 29, 2014 and included upfront consideration of $600 million in cash and 3,209,971 shares of AMAG common stock, and additional contingent consideration of up to $350 million based on the achievement of sales milestones. 

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Celladon cuts staff, considers liquidation following bad trial results

Monday, June 29, 2015 10:34 AM

Celladon has confirmed plans to suspend further R&D of its MYDICAR (AAV1/SERCA2a) program and its other preclinical programs, including the Stem Cell Factor (mSCF) gene therapy and SERCA2b small molecule programs.

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Spinifex Pharmaceuticals to be acquired by Novartis

Monday, June 29, 2015 09:22 AM

Novartis International has agreed to acquire Spinifex Pharmaceuticals, a company focused on the development of new drugs for the treatment of chronic pain based in Stamford, Conn., and Melbourne, Australia, for an upfront cash consideration of $200 million plus undisclosed clinical development and regulatory milestone payments.

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Illumina adds European headquarters in Cambridge, England

Friday, June 26, 2015 09:23 AM

Illumina, a San Diego-based provider of sequencing and array-based technologies, has signed a 20-year lease for a 155,000 square foot new and innovative scientific research building in Cambridge, England. The project will provide Illumina a collaborative environment and access to the highly skilled workforce in the dynamic research cluster anchored by Cambridge University.

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Cancer Research U.K. invests $23.6 million in new major centers

Friday, June 26, 2015 09:16 AM

Cancer Research U.K. has launched Major Centers in Oxford, Manchester and Cambridge, with each receiving $7.7 million to boost their work in personalized cancer medicine and early detection research.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb expands R&D in Massachusetts, cuts virology business

Friday, June 26, 2015 09:01 AM

Bristol-Myers Squibb has announced new steps in the evolution of the company's R&D organization, including plans to open a new state-of-the-art research site in Cambridge, Mass., in addition to the ongoing expansion of the company's R&D Discovery site in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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FDA and PatientsLikeMe collaborate to test social media adverse event reporting

Boston-area teaching hospitals launch web portal to attract life science companies

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Integrated research partnerships build momentum
Research function provides infrastructure, leverages large pool of health systems' patients and data

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High-profile consortium has made inroads fixing wasteful practices, but it still has more work ahead

Pharma industry improves its tarnished reputation
Delivering innovation, social responsibility will help rebuild trust

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