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CEL-SCI receives $225,000 NIH research grant

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 01:11 PM

CEL-SCI has been awarded a phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $225,000 from the National Institute of Arthritis Muscoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), part of the NIH. The grant will fund the further development of CEL-SCI’s LEAPS technology as a potential treatment for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune disease of the joints. According to Visiongain, the world RA drug market will generate revenues of $38.5 billion in 2017.

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HD Biosciences partners with Marshall University

Monday, July 14, 2014 12:45 PM

HD Biosciences (HDB), a Shanghai-based, biology-focused preclinical drug discovery CRO, the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (MIIR) and the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine have announced a new partnership to co-develop potential anti-cancer drugs.

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Report: Orphan drug approvals up, but high costs pose challenges for patients

Friday, July 11, 2014 02:02 PM

Although the pace of approvals for new orphan drugs—medicines that treat relatively rare conditions—have increased in the U.S. and Europe in recent years, patients are facing growing challenges accessing those drugs, a newly completed study by the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development (CSDD) at Tufts University has concluded.

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Survey shows support for increased stem cell research

Thursday, July 10, 2014 12:48 PM

Americans are in broad support of more stem cell research, according to the results of an online survey released by Cord Blood Registry (CBR) to coincide with National Cord Blood Awareness Month.

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VC investment in healthcare sector soars in second quarter

Thursday, July 10, 2014 06:03 AM

By Ronald Rosenberg
CenterWatch Staff Writer

More than 50% of all initial public offerings in the second quarter of 2014 were healthcare companies, as 24 venture capital-backed firms became publicly traded, compared to a more robust first quarter of 35 IPOs. 

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Sorrento awarded up to $2.6M from NIH for bispecific antibodies

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 12:12 PM

Sorrento Therapeutics, a late-stage clinical oncology company developing new treatments for cancer and its associated pain, has received two NIH small business grants, which will fund the development of bispecific antibodies for two of its anti-bacterial immunotherapies. Sorrento's highly diverse, fully human G-MAB library and proprietary antibody conjugation technology platforms have broad applications beyond oncology, including other therapeutic areas such as anti-infectives and auto-immune diseases.

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Report: cancer immunotherapy market to hit $9B globally by 2022

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 12:05 PM

Decision Resources Group reports the immunotherapy market will experience considerable growth through 2022, increasing from $1.1 billion in 2012 to nearly $9 billion in 2022 (corresponding to 23.8% annual growth) in the U.S., France, Germany, Italy, Spain, U.K. and Japan.

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AstraZeneca, Max Planck Institute to create satellite chemistry unit

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 12:03 PM

The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology (MPI), Germany, will establish a satellite unit in cardiovascular and metabolic disease (CVMD) with AstraZeneca's CVMD Innovative Medicines unit (iMed) in Mölndal, Sweden, to study new modalities chemistry.

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Portola, Daiichi Sankyo to collaborate on andexanet alfa study

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 12:01 PM

Portola Pharmaceuticals has entered into a second clinical collaboration agreement with Daiichi Sankyo to study andexanet alfa, Portola's investigational Factor Xa inhibitor antidote, in phase III registration studies with Daiichi Sankyo's Factor Xa inhibitor edoxaban. Portola's original collaboration agreement with Daiichi Sankyo, announced in June 2013, covered the conduct of a phase II proof-of-concept study, for which results are anticipated later this year.

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Alzheimer’s Research U.K. calls for increased investment in Alzheimer’s drug trials

Monday, July 7, 2014 10:08 AM

Alzheimer’s Research U.K. calls for increased investment in Alzheimer’s drug trials after a comprehensive study of all of the clinical trials for Alzheimer’s drugs in the U.S. highlighted a very high failure rate of the drugs being tested. The study, published in Alzheimer’s Research and Therapy, found that 99.6% of trials of potential Alzheimer’s treatments aimed at preventing, curing or improving the symptoms of the disease failed or were discontinued.

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