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Qiagen, Astellas Pharma ink agreement to develop companion diagnostics

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 01:27 PM

Qiagen, a Netherlands-based provider of sample and assay technologies, has announced a master collaboration agreement with Astellas Pharma, an R&D-driven global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Japan, to develop and commercialize companion diagnostics paired with Astellas drugs for use in cancer and other diseases.

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TFS, SCIderm partner for global dermatology trials

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 01:26 PM

TFS International (TFS) and SCIderm have entered into a strategic partnership agreement to combine resources and scientific expertise within dermatology development.

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Cepheid, FIND, Rutgers collaborate on Xpert MTB/RIF test

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 01:22 PM

Cepheid, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based molecular diagnostics company, FIND, a Switzerland-based international nonprofit organization and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School are collaborating to develop Xpert MTB/RIF Ultra, a next-generation test for Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB) with increased sensitivity to aid in detection of patients with smear-negative TB, which often is associated with HIV co-infection. The collaboration also is receiving additional support from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the NIH.

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Johnson & Johnson Innovation, University of Toronto collaborate

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 01:18 PM

Janssen has signed an agreement, facilitated by the Johnson & Johnson Innovation center in California, with the University of Toronto's Center for Collaborative Drug Research (CCDR) to form an open-source collaboration focused on novel therapeutic approaches to the treatment and management of mood disorders and Alzheimer's disease.

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NIH launches Illuminating the Druggable Genome to find potential drug targets

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 01:09 PM

NIH has announced a new collaborative initiative to improve human health by exploring poorly understood genes that have the potential to be modified by medicines. The effort is part of an NIH Common Fund three-year pilot project called Illuminating the Druggable Genome (IDG). For the initial phase of the program, NIH has allocated $5.8 million to eight institutions and for intramural resources.

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Cancer Innovation forum calls for improving cancer research ecosystem

Monday, October 27, 2014 12:58 PM

Accelerating the delivery of promising new cancer treatments depends on one critical requirement—ensuring patients are actively involved in the cancer research and drug development process from beginning to end.

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Five Prime Therapeutics expands respiratory collaboration with GSK

Monday, October 27, 2014 12:56 PM

Five Prime Therapeutics, based in South San Francisco, Calif., has expanded its respiratory disease research collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline established in 2012 to identify first-in-class agents and new mechanisms for the treatment of refractory asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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France’s National Research Agency awards funding to OPTIVAC project

Monday, October 27, 2014 12:53 PM

Imaxio, a French biopharmaceutical company specialized in vaccines, has been awarded funding of $772,000 by the French National Research Agency (Agence Nationale de la Recherche, ANR) for the OPTIVAC project “leveraging On t-cell immune resPonse To Improve influenza VACcines.”

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Lilly, Zymeworks expand collaboration agreement

Friday, October 24, 2014 01:10 PM

Eli Lilly and Zymeworks, a Vancouver-based, privately held biotherapeutics company, are expanding an existing licensing and collaboration agreement. Originally announced in January, the global strategic collaboration is focused on the development of an undisclosed number of novel bi-specific antibody therapeutics using Zymeworks' proprietary Azymetric platform.

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J&J Innovation adds J-Labs incubator at Texas Medical Center

Friday, October 24, 2014 01:07 PM

Johnson & Johnson Innovation plans to expand J-Labs (formerly Janssen Labs) to include a new incubator located within Texas Medical Center's new Innovation Institute. The 30,000-square-foot J-Labs facility will accommodate up to 50 life science startups.

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