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AbbVie, Calico launch R&D collaboration for age-related diseases

Thursday, September 4, 2014 12:35 PM

Chicago-based AbbVie and Calico, a California-based Google-founded R&D company, have announced a novel R&D collaboration intended to help the two companies discover, develop and bring to market new therapies for patients with age-related diseases, including for neurodegeneration and cancer.

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Johnson & Johnson to accelerate Ebola vaccine program in collaboration with NIH

Thursday, September 4, 2014 12:29 PM

Johnson & Johnson has committed to accelerate its Ebola vaccine program in collaboration with the NIH. J&J will fast-track the development of a promising new combination vaccine regimen against Ebola and broadly collaborate to deliver immediate relief aid to address the current Ebola outbreak.

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HHS contracts with Mapp Biopharmaceutical to develop ZMapp for Ebola

Thursday, September 4, 2014 12:22 PM

The development of a medication to treat illness from Ebola will be accelerated under a contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).

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Exelixis cuts 70% of employees following failed pivotal trial

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 12:41 PM

Exelixis, a California-based biopharmaceutical company developing small molecule therapies for cancer, has announced top-line results from the final analysis of COMET-1, the phase III pivotal trial of cabozantinib in men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) whose disease progressed after treatment with docetaxel as well as abiraterone and/or enzalutamide. The trial did not meet its primary endpoint of demonstrating a statistically significant increase in overall survival (OS) for patients treated with cabozantinib as compared to prednisone.

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Orgentec Diagnostika to acquire Corgenix

Friday, August 29, 2014 10:32 AM

Corgenix Medical, a Colorado-based, worldwide developer and marketer of diagnostic test kits, has agreed to be acquired by Orgentec Diagnostika, a specialty diagnostics company headquartered in Mainz, Germany. The strategic acquisition will extend both companies’ global distribution networks and broaden their portfoliod of specialty diagnostic assays.

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Report: Pharma crosses new frontiers with global tiered pricing strategies

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 01:15 PM

Despite the adoption of tiered pricing strategies by pharmaceutical companies around the world, there is only a tenuous correlation between the prices of pharmaceutical products and the local economic conditions of the countries where they are launched, according to a comprehensive new study by IHS, a global source of critical information and insight, headquartered in Englewood, Colo.

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Cilag International acquires Covagen

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 01:13 PM

Cilag International, a Switzerland-based affiliate of Janssen Pharmaceutical, a division of Johnson & Johnson, has acquired Covagen, a privately held biopharmaceutical company specializing in the development of multi-specific protein therapeutics through the FynomAb technology platform.

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Medtronic acquires Sapiens Steering Brain Stimulation

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 01:12 PM

Medtronic, a Minneapolis, Minn., medical technology provider, has acquired Sapiens Steering Brain Stimulation (Sapiens SBS), a Netherlands-based, privately held developer of deep brain stimulation (DBS) technologies, for approximately $200 million in cash.

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Covidien acquires Reverse Medical

Monday, August 25, 2014 02:11 PM

Covidien, a Dublin, Ireland-based global healthcare products company and manufacturer of medical devices and supplies, has acquired California-based Reverse Medical, a privately held medical device company focused on expanding the management of vascular disease. Financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

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Roche to acquire InterMune for $8.3 billion

Monday, August 25, 2014 02:02 PM

Roche and InterMune have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Roche will fully acquire InterMune for $74 per share in cash, for a total transaction value of $8.3 billion on a fully diluted basis.

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