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NIH awards $20M for drug delivery system to prevent HIV infection in women

Thursday, December 4, 2014 12:30 PM

The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) is part of a collaboration led by the Oak Crest Institute of Science that received a $20 million grant from the NIH to develop a novel intravaginal ring capable of delivering powerful antiretroviral drugs to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted HIV in women. The total award to UTMB is approximately $2.5 million.

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Diagnostics Development Hub to boost biomedical research in Singapore

Thursday, December 4, 2014 12:25 PM

Singapore's biomedical research sector received a major boost with the launch of a new Diagnostics Development (DxD) Hub. The DxD Hub aims to develop medical diagnostics as one part of the medical technologies industry, improve healthcare through development of diagnostic solutions and accelerate production of new diagnostics devices. Diagnostics is one of four innovation clusters shortlisted to be funded under the $200 million Innovation Cluster Program (ICP) launched Oct. 2013.

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Report: Global stem cell market to reach $118B by 2018

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 01:02 PM

The global stem cell market earned revenues of $40.01 billion in 2013 and is estimated to nearly triple to $117.66 billion in 2018 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24.1%, according to a new analysis from Frost & Sullivan. The study covers human adult and embryonic stem cells. While North America is the market leader with more than half of the global stem cell market share, Asia-Pacific is expected to record the highest CAGR during the forecast period. In fact, the APAC stem cell market, which was valued at $5.6 billion in 2013, is projected to increase to $18.71 billion by 2018.

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Seattle Children's launches $100M fundraising initiative to cure childhood cancer

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 01:01 PM

Seattle Children's Hospital and Research Foundation has launched a $100 million, multi-year fundraising initiative to support research that scientists believe has the ability to cure some types of childhood cancer in the next five to 10 years.

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Edison Nation Medical, Mount Sinai Health System collaborate

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 12:59 PM

Edison Nation Medical, a marketplace for healthcare and medical device innovation headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., has partnered with Mount Sinai Health System, a New York-based integrated healthcare network providing medical care and medical research. Edison Nation Medical will work closely with Mount Sinai Innovation Partners (MSIP), Mount Sinai's technology development and commercialization group, to prioritize and bring to market medical device and consumer related healthcare inventions from the Mount Sinai community.

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Zosano Pharma, Eli Lilly to develop osteoporosis treatment

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 12:58 PM

Zosano Pharma, based in Fremont, Calif., and Eli Lilly have entered into an exclusive agreement to develop ZP-PTH, Zosano's proprietary formulation of parathyroid hormone 1-34 (PTH) using Zosano's microneedle patch system for treating osteoporosis patients, globally. Zosano has completed a phase II study of ZP-PTH for the treatment of severe osteoporosis and plans to conduct phase III development.

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GeNeuro, Servier partner for multiple sclerosis

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 12:57 PM

GeNeuro, a Switzerland-based developer of new therapies for neurology and autoimmune disorders, has entered into a strategic partnership with Servier, an independent French pharmaceutical company, to develop and market GNbAC1 in multiple sclerosis (MS). As the first drug addressing a causal factor of the disease, GNbAC1 has the potential to radically change the way MS patients are treated.

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Evotec, Sanofi to collaborate

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 12:55 PM

Evotec has entered into exclusive negotiations with Sanofi on a major multi-component strategic alliance over the next five years. The collaboration will comprise three major strategic initiatives all focused on improving innovation effectiveness in the drug discovery and preclinical development space.

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Aeterna Zentaris, Sinopharm A-Think ink agreement

Monday, December 1, 2014 12:52 PM

Aeterna Zentaris, a specialty biopharmaceutical company based in Québec, and China-based Sinopharm A-Think Pharmaceuticals have signed of an exclusive license and technology transfer agreement for Aeterna Zentaris’ lead anti-cancer compound, zoptarelin doxorubicin, for the initial indication of endometrial cancer for the Chinese, Hong Kong and Macau markets (the territory). Zoptarelin doxorubicin, a novel synthetic peptide carrier linked to doxorubicin, currently is in a ZoptEC (zoptarelin doxorubicin in endometrial cancer) phase III trial in endometrial cancer.

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Cancer Research U.K., AstraZeneca to collaborate

Monday, December 1, 2014 12:48 PM

AstraZeneca and Cancer Research U.K. have signed a memorandum of understanding through which Cancer Research U.K. drug discovery investigators would be given access to state-of-the-art drug discovery facilities at the new AZ MRC U.K. Center for Lead Discovery to be built in Cambridge.

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