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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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Merck, NewLink Genetics collaborate on investigational Ebola vaccine

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 11:54 AM

Merck and Ames, Iowa-based NewLink Genetics have entered into an exclusive worldwide license agreement to research, develop, manufacture and distribute NewLink’s investigational rVSV-EBOV (Ebola) vaccine candidate.

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Report: AML treatment market to witness modest growth by 2020

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 11:53 AM

The value of the global acute myeloid leukemia (AML) therapeutics market will increase moderately from $632.6 million in 2013 to $878.6 million by 2020, representing a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 4.8%, according to New York-based business intelligence provider GBI Research.

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Global Ebola relief effort not reaching rural communities

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 11:50 AM

Unprecedented levels of donation to support Ebola-struck Sierra Leone are bypassing many of the places where funding is urgently needed, claim two U.K.-based experts. The independent experts, Dutch sustainability scientist Robert Verkerk, Ph.D., and Sierra Leonean crisis management expert Morris Marah, have just returned from a one-week capacity assessment mission requested by Hon Alpha Kanu, Minister of Information and Communications of Sierra Leone.

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Yabao Pharmaceuticals, MRC Technology partner in China

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 11:49 AM

China-based Yabao Pharmaceutical has inked an exclusive license with MRC Technology, a U.K. medical research charity, to discover, develop and commercialize innovative products targeting a kinase target for neurodegeneration for the treatment of Parkinson's disease.

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Cell Therapy Catapult, partners launch U.K. database of research funding

Monday, November 24, 2014 02:50 PM

The Cell Therapy Catapult, focused on the development of the U.K. cell therapy industry, has collaborated with the U.K. Regenerative Medicine Platform, the Knowledge Transfer Network and the Association of Medical Research Charities to develop a database of U.K. cell therapy research funding.

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Gates Foundation to support Ebola-affected countries, accelerate treatment evaluation

Monday, November 24, 2014 02:46 PM

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, based in Seattle, Wash., will be supporting efforts in Guinea and other Ebola-affected countries to scale up the production and evaluation of convalescent plasma and other convalescent blood products as potential therapies for people infected with the Ebola virus. Various drug candidates also will be evaluated, including the experimental antiviral drug brincidofovir.

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Innovate U.K., Medical Research Council award $47.1M

Monday, November 24, 2014 02:37 PM

Innovate U.K. and the Medical Research Council have awarded over $47.1 million in new funding through the Biomedical Catalyst, part of the U.K. government’s life sciences strategy.

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