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NIH funds nine antimicrobial resistance diagnostics projects

Friday, April 10, 2015 01:31 PM

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the NIH, has awarded more than $11 million in first-year funding for nine research projects supporting enhanced diagnostics to rapidly detect antimicrobial-resistant bacteria. The awardee institutions will develop tools to identify certain pathogens that frequently cause infections in health care settings and, specifically, those that are resistant to most antimicrobials. Advancing the development of rapid and innovative diagnostic tests for identifying and characterizing resistant bacteria is a key goal of the President’s recent National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.

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Pfizer launches competitive grants program for cardiovascular disease research

Friday, April 10, 2015 01:21 PM

Pfizer has launched a new competitive grants program to support research projects investigating the role of Proprotein Convertase Subtilisin Kexin type 9 (PCSK9) in health and cardiovascular disease. This competitive grants program, which is an extension of the Advancing Science through Pfizer Investigator Research Exchange (ASPIRE) Cardiovascular program, is part of Pfizer's ongoing commitment to translate scientific discoveries into innovative medicines for patients with cardiovascular disease.

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Sanford-Burnham, Daiichi Sankyo ink agreement

Thursday, April 9, 2015 01:48 PM

Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, a nonprofit, independent institute that employs more than 1,000 scientists and staff in San Diego, Calif., and Orlando, Fla., has signed a licensing agreement to further develop a first-in-class small molecule with Daiichi Sankyo for the treatment of cardiovascular-metabolic disease.

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DARPA awards Inovio $45M Ebola program grant

Thursday, April 9, 2015 01:43 PM

Inovio Pharmaceuticals, based in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., has been awarded a $45 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to lead a collaborative team to develop multiple treatment and prevention approaches against Ebola.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb, uniQure collaborate on gene therapies for cardiovascular diseases

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 01:03 PM

Bristol-Myers Squibb has inked an agreement with uniQure, a gene therapy developer based in the Netherlands, for exclusive access to uniQure’s gene therapy technology platform for multiple targets in cardiovascular diseases.

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National MS Society invests $28M in MS research

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 12:55 PM

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has committed $28 million to support an expected 84 new multiple sclerosis (MS) research projects and training awards. These are part of a comprehensive research strategy aimed at stopping MS, restoring function that has been lost and ending the disease.

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CRISPR Therapeutics to establish R&D operations in Massachusetts

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 12:42 PM

CRISPR Therapeutics, a Switzerland-based biopharmaceutical company focused on translating CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology into transformative medicines for serious human diseases, has appointed Bill Lundberg, M.D., to chief scientific officer to lead the company's development programs and to spearhead the creation of its R&D operations in Cambridge, Mass.

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Arvinas, Merck to collaborate

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 12:41 PM

Arvinas, a New Haven, Conn.-based private biotechnology company creating a new class of drugs based on protein degradation, has formed a strategic collaboration with Merck in which Arvinas' novel PROTAC technology will be used to degrade target proteins to create novel therapeutics. The multi-year collaboration will encompass multiple disease targets across several therapeutic areas.

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Report: 9 out of 10 pharma companies have dedicated health economics, outcomes research groups

Monday, April 6, 2015 12:00 PM

Dedicated health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) teams that develop data to demonstrate a cohesive value proposition to payers are a vital part of a successful managed markets strategy, according to a new report by life sciences intelligence firm Cutting Edge Information.

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Cannabics Pharmaceuticals, Technion Institute ink agreement

Monday, April 6, 2015 11:58 AM

Cannabics Pharmaceuticals, based in Bethesda, Md., has inked a research agreement with the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion) in Israel, for the screening of potential anticancer cannabinoid compounds.

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