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Aveo announces executive transition, corporate restructuring

Thursday, January 8, 2015 12:59 PM

Aveo Oncology, based in Cambridge, Mass., has appointed Michael P. Bailey as the company’s president, CEO and director, effective immediately. Aveo also said it will eliminate the company’s internal research function, as well as certain corporate support positions, to align corporate resources with the company’s future strategic plans, focusing on advancement of its pipeline in the clinical setting.

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Adaptive Biotechnologies acquires Sequenta

Thursday, January 8, 2015 12:55 PM

Adaptive Biotechnologies, a platform-based, diagnostic-driven company headquartered in Seattle, Wash., has acquired Sequenta, a California company focused on the development of clinical diagnostics using immunosequencing. The acquisition is expected to expedite and expand the use of novel immunosequencing products for researchers and clinicians to diagnose, treat and monitor patients with cancer, autoimmune disorders and infectious diseases.

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Gilead Sciences acquires Phenex Pharmaceuticals’ NASH development program

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 12:42 PM

Gilead Sciences, a biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Foster City, Calif., and Phenex Pharmaceuticals, a privately held German biotechnology company, have signed a definitive agreement under which Gilead will acquire Phenex’s Farnesoid X Receptor (FXR) program comprising small molecule FXR agonists for the treatment of liver diseases including nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Gilead will pay Phenex an upfront payment plus additional payments based upon achievement of certain development milestones that may potentially be worth up to $470 million.

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Pfizer acquires Redvax

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 09:00 AM

Pfizer has acquired a controlling interest in Redvax, a spinoff from Redbiotec, a privately held Swiss biopharmaceutical company, based in Zurich-Schlieren. This transaction provides access to a preclinical human cytomegalovirus (CMV) vaccine candidate, as well as intellectual property and a technology platform related to a second, undisclosed vaccine program.

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Amgen, LabCentral to support life sciences and biotech startups in Massachusetts

Monday, January 5, 2015 12:38 PM

Amgen has become a LabCentral platinum sponsor. LabCentral is an innovative, shared laboratory space designed as a launchpad for life sciences and biotech startups. As part of the sponsorship agreement, Amgen can nominate up to two promising life sciences and biotech startup companies per year to take up residence in LabCentral’s Kendall Square facilities, based in Cambridge, Mass.

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Roche acquires Bina Technologies, enters genomic informatics market

Friday, December 19, 2014 01:00 PM

Roche has acquired Bina Technologies, a privately held company based in Redwood City, Calif. Bina provides a big data platform for centralized management and processing of next generation sequencing (NGS) data. Bina's proprietary on-market Genomic Management Solution, Bina-GMS, empowers basic, translational and academic researchers to perform fast and scalable analyses to maximize the value of genomic data.

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Merck acquires OncoEthix, a privately-held oncology company

Friday, December 19, 2014 12:06 PM

Merck has acquired, through a subsidiary, OncoEthix, a Swiss-based, privately held biotechnology company specializing in oncology drug development. Merck has gained an investigational, novel oral BET (bromodomain) inhibitor, OTX015, currently in phase Ib studies for the treatment of hematological malignancies and advanced solid tumors.

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NIH agency gets new name to reflect complementary, integrative health

Thursday, December 18, 2014 11:15 AM

The NIH agency with primary responsibility for research on promising health approaches already in use by the American public has a new name—the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).

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Survey: France Biotech recommends policies to develop innovative life sciences companies

Thursday, December 18, 2014 11:09 AM

France Biotech, an association of entrepreneurs in the life sciences industry, has published the twelfth edition of its annual survey, Panorama of the Life Sciences Industry, which outlines the industry's major trends for 2013 and 2014 in France and worldwide. This year, 214 French companies took part in the study. France Biotech included multiple recommendations to foster excellence in the life sciences industry.

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Takeda renames Millennium as Takeda Oncology

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 01:10 PM

Takeda Pharmaceutical has announced its global oncology business unit, headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., now will be called Takeda Oncology. The creation of Takeda Oncology will improve the company's ability to meet the unique and urgent needs of cancer patients, their loved ones and health care providers worldwide. Takeda will sustain its long-standing entrepreneurial approach to oncology R&D, while expanding its global commercial network and resources as Takeda Oncology.

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