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U.K. genomics projects granted $505M

Friday, August 1, 2014 01:41 PM

Genomics England’s 100,000 Genomes Project has received a package of investment worth more than $505 million. The four year project focuses on new research to decode 100,000 human genomes—a patient’s personal DNA code.

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CDC awards Leidos $44 million contract

Thursday, July 31, 2014 12:37 PM

Leidos, a national security, health and engineering solutions company, was awarded a prime task order by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide development, support and maintenance of the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).

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Incyte, Genentech ink clinical trial agreement for cancer immunotherapies

Thursday, July 31, 2014 12:33 PM

Incyte has entered into a clinical trial agreement with Genentech to evaluate the safety, tolerability and preliminary efficacy of Incyte's oral indoleamine dioxygenase-1 (IDO1) inhibitor, INCB24360, in combination with Genentech's PD-L1 immune checkpoint inhibitor, MPDL3280A, in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

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Theraclone, Gilead Sciences ink HIV antibodies agreement

Thursday, July 31, 2014 12:31 PM

Theraclone Sciences, a therapeutic antibody discovery and development company, has entered into an agreement with Gilead Sciences, under which Gilead received an exclusive license to develop and commercialize products incorporating Theraclone's broadly neutralizing HIV-antibodies for therapeutic applications in HIV.

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Zealand Pharma, Boehringer Ingelheim collaborate on novel peptide medicines

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:43 PM

Zealand Pharma, specializing in the discovery, design and development of peptide medicines, and Boehringer Ingelheim have announced a new global R&D collaboration. The collaboration covers a novel therapeutic peptide project from Zealand’s portfolio of preclinical programs. The aim is to develop novel medicines for improved treatment of cardio-metabolic diseases. The target is undisclosed.

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Report: Global HIV prevention research down $50M in 2013

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:40 PM

According to HIV Vaccines and Microbicides: Resource Tracking Working Group, in 2013 the reported funding for HIV prevention R&D declined by $50 million (4%) compared to 2012, after moderate  increases during the past five years in most HIV prevention R&D research areas, resulting in a total of $1.26 billion.

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NIH programs to focus on emerging areas of science

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:40 PM

Scientific areas ripe for targeted investments in technology development and research to improve health are the focus of new programs of the NIH’s Common Fund. The programs include work to facilitate the study of how sugar modifications affect proteins, to understand the arrangement of DNA within cells in four dimensions and to enable the development of new therapies that allow control of organ function through manipulation of nerves.

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Report: Increasing potential for in vitro diagnostics in drug development process

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:39 PM

Bionest Partners, a life science industry strategic consulting firm, has found an increased potential for in vitro diagnostics in the drug development process.

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Cloud Pharmaceuticals receives $150,000 phase I grant from NSF SBIR

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:37 PM

Cloud Pharmaceuticals, a therapeutics company focused on cloud-based drug design and development, has been awarded a phase I grant from the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research (NSF SBIR) program. The grant is valued at $150,000.

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Report: Generics increase to more than 75% of all 2013 prescriptions in England, Wales

Monday, July 28, 2014 03:04 PM

Usage of generic medicines in England and Wales increased to more than three-quarters of all NHS prescriptions in 2013, according to the latest figures supplied by the Health and Social Care Information Center (HSCIC).

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