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Five foundations to participate in Cavendish Global Health Impact Forum

Friday, October 31, 2014 02:18 PM

Cavendish Global has selected five foundations to participate in the Cavendish Global Health Impact Forum taking place Nov. 10-13 at Oxford University in the U.K. The selected organizations and the participating representatives include:

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Profectus BioSciences receives $9.5M Department of Defense funding for Ebola

Friday, October 31, 2014 02:16 PM

The Department of Defense (DoD), through the Medical Countermeasure Systems-Joint Vaccine Acquisition Program (MCS-JVAP), has contracted the manufacture and IND-enabling preclinical testing of the Profectus trivalent Ebola/Marburg vaccine. Profectus BioSciences is a Baltimore, Md.-based clinical-stage vaccine company developing novel vaccines for the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases.

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Cancer Innovation Coalition calls for reinvigorated U.S. cancer innovation

Friday, October 31, 2014 02:10 PM

The Cancer Innovation Coalition (CIC) has gone to Capitol Hill to call for early legislative and regulatory action in 2015 that will reinvigorate cancer innovation in the U.S.

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MD Anderson Moon Shots Program begins to generate innovations

Friday, October 31, 2014 02:07 PM

Improved surgical outcomes for ovarian cancer, expanded potential impact for new drugs and a novel family outreach program to head off cancers fueled by known genetic risk mutations are among the early innovations of the University of TexasMD Anderson Cancer Center's Moon Shots Program.

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Merck discontinues tecemotide clinical program

Friday, October 31, 2014 02:03 PM

Merck will discontinue the clinical development program of its investigational MUC1 antigen-specific cancer immunotherapy tecemotide (also known as L-BLP25) as a monotherapy in stage III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

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Report: Orphan drug market to reach $176B by 2020

Thursday, October 30, 2014 12:19 PM

In 2020 orphan drugs are expected to account for 19% of the total share of prescription drug sales excluding generics, reaching $176 billion in annual sales, according to the new EvaluatePharma Orphan Drug Report 2014 from London-based market intelligence firm Evaluate.

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U.S. government institutes funding pause on gain-of-function research

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 01:39 PM

The U.S. government will undertake a deliberative process to assess the risks and benefits of certain gain-of-function (GOF) experiments with influenza, SARS and MERS viruses in order to develop a new federal policy regarding the funding of this research, announced Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., NIH director, in a statement. U.S. government agencies will institute a pause on the funding of any new studies involving these experiments.

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NIH awards $5.9M in grants for frontotemporal degeneration research

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 01:34 PM

The NIH will award three large, five-year projects on a specific form of dementia, known as frontotemporal because of the areas of the brain that are affected. The projects, funded by the NIH's National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), will receive more than $5.9 million for 2014.

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International GPCR Consortium formed with pharma, academia partners

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 01:32 PM

The generation of high-resolution pictures of hundreds of medically important proteins known as G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) will be the goal of a new international partnership. Called the GPCR Consortium, the nonprofit initiative brings together pharmaceutical companies and research institutes from three continents to advance GPCR research for drug development.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb inks option to acquire F-star Alpha

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 01:30 PM

Bristol-Myers Squibb has entered into an agreement for the exclusive option to acquire F-star Alpha, an Austria-based biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing novel bispecific antibody products, and gain worldwide rights to its lead asset FS102.

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