R&D Trends

Report: Return on pharmaceutical R&D on the rise

Thursday, December 11, 2014 11:57 AM

The rate of return on pharmaceutical R&D is on the rise for the first time since 2010. Since 2013, there has been an increase in R&D returns, from 5.1% to 5.5%, according to a study by Deloitte, a U.K. professional services firm.

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Ono Pharmaceutical, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Kyowa Hakko Kirin partner

Thursday, December 11, 2014 11:56 AM

Bristol-Myers Squibb and Japan-based companies Ono Pharmaceutical and Kyowa Hakko Kirin have entered into a clinical trial collaboration agreement to conduct a phase I combination study with Opdivo (nivolumab), a PD-1 immune checkpoint inhibitor, and mogamulizumab, an anti-CCR4 antibody. The study, which will be conducted in Japan, will focus on evaluating the safety, tolerability and anti-tumor activity of combining Opdivo and mogamulizumab as a potential treatment option for patients with advanced or metastatic solid tumors.

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NIH initiates Centers Without Walls, awards $5.9M in funding

Thursday, December 11, 2014 11:54 AM

Nine groups of scientists will receive funding totaling $5.9 million in 2014 to work together on increasing the understanding of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), the leading cause of death from epilepsy. The consortium becomes the second Center Without Walls, an initiative to speed the pace of research on difficult problems in epilepsy by promoting collaborative research. The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the NIH, funds this initiative.

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PCORI, NIH request applications to study blood pressure control

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 01:05 PM

The NIH, as part of a research partnership with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), has issued a request for applications (RFA) to study how to improve blood pressure control among populations at highest risk for suffering hypertension-related strokes, heart attacks and other cardiovascular events. PCORI is a Wash. D.C.-based independent nonprofit organization authorized by Congress.

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Report: Type 2 diabetes population to expand in China

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 01:01 PM

For the treatment of type 2 diabetes in China, patient access to premium-priced agents is impeded as not all patients can afford these drugs, Burlington, Mass.-based Decision Resources Group has found. The National Reimbursement Drug List was last updated in 2009, and several antidiabetic drug classes (e.g. DPP-IV inhibitors and GLP-1 receptor agonist) are not covered, as they were only approved for use in China after 2009.

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Agilent Technologies, Baylor College of Medicine open Center of Excellence

Monday, December 8, 2014 01:06 PM

Agilent Technologies, headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., and Houston, Texas-based Baylor College of Medicine have opened the Agilent Technologies Mass Spectrometry Center of Excellence as part of the Alkek Center for Molecular Discovery and the Baylor College of Medicine Core Laboratory in the college's department of molecular and cellular biology.

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Aldeyra Therapeutics, National Organization for Rare Disorders collaborate

Monday, December 8, 2014 01:04 PM

Aldeyra Therapeutics, a Massachusetts-based biotechnology company focused on the development of products to treat diseases related to free aldehydes, is collaborating with the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), a U.S. nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people with rare diseases.

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Pharmacyclics launches informCLL registry for CLL patients

Friday, December 5, 2014 12:37 PM

Pharmacyclics, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based biopharmaceutical company, has launched informCLL, a large, observational, prospective registry that will explore the natural history of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), examine how Imbruvica (ibrutinib) and other approved targeted therapies are being used to treat patients with CLL and provide a comparison to treatments using conventional chemoimmunotherapy (CIT). Imbruvica is being jointly developed and commercialized by Pharmacyclics and Janssen Biotech, and the registry is a joint effort between the companies. Registry enrollment will begin in the first half of 2015.

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ALS Association, Muscular Dystrophy Association partner

Friday, December 5, 2014 12:33 PM

The ALS Association, a national nonprofit based in Wash. D.C., and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), a Chicago-based nonprofit health agency, have joined forces to fund a research project aimed at finding a potential therapy for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. Both nonprofits are focused on finding treatments and cures for ALS and providing services for those affected with the debilitating, fatal disease.  

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Report: Parkinson’s treatment pipeline targeting functional processes over genes

Thursday, December 4, 2014 12:35 PM

The Parkinson’s disease (PD) treatment pipeline is characterized by a high degree of innovation and diverse molecular targets, with 37% of 302 products holding first-in-class status, according to New York-based business intelligence provider GBI Research.

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