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Bristol-Myers Squibb, Bavarian Nordic ink agreement for PROSTVAC

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 01:06 PM

Bristol-Myers Squibb has signed an exclusive option to license and commercialize PROSTVAC, Bavarian Nordic's investigational phase III prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-targeting cancer immunotherapy in development for the treatment of asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC).

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Blueprint Medicines, Alexion Pharmaceuticals ink $265M deal

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 12:55 PM

Blueprint Medicines is collaborating with Alexion Pharmaceuticals to discover, develop and commercialize novel drug candidates for an undisclosed activated kinase target, which is the cause of a rare genetic disease.

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AstraZeneca, Cambridge Judge Business School collaborate to support biotech startups

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 09:35 AM

AstraZeneca and the University of Cambridge Judge Business School have announced an agreement to deliver a new “Accelerate Cambridge Life Sciences” program at the business school that will identify, train and mentor start-up ventures in the life sciences.

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Roche, BioMed X collaborate to develop nanomaterial-based biosensors

Thursday, February 26, 2015 03:30 PM

Roche and BioMed X, a collaboration model at the interface between academia and industry based in Heidelberg, Germany, have entered into a collaboration agreement to establish a research group focusing on the development of a novel sensor technology platform based on new nanomaterials such as graphene.

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Recursion Pharmaceuticals wins $1.5M NIH grant for rare diseases

Thursday, February 26, 2015 03:28 PM

Recursion Pharmaceuticals, an emerging biotech company founded in 2013 based on technology developed at the University of Utah, has been awarded $1.46 million from the NIH via the National Center for Accelerating Translational Sciences (NCATS). Just over half of the award is available in the first year; the rest will come through in year two pending availability of funds and project progress. The award will support the further development of Recursion’s Drug Screening Platform for hundreds of rare genetic diseases.

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Report: Global oncology drugs market is expected to reach $111.9B by 2020

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 11:31 AM

The global oncology market is forecasted to reach $111.9 billion by 2020, registering a CAGR of 7.1% from 2014 to 2020, according to a new report by Allied Market Research, titled Global Oncology/Cancer Drugs Market—Size, Industry Analysis, Trends, Opportunities, Growth and Forecast, 2013-2020.

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Orca Pharmaceuticals, AstraZeneca partner to treat autoimmune disease

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 11:23 AM

Orca Pharmaceuticals, a U.K. based biopharmaceutical company, and AstraZeneca have announced a three-year collaboration to develop inhibitors of retinoic acid–related orphan nuclear receptor gamma (RORγ). Inhibitors of this receptor are believed to have potential against a wide range of autoimmune diseases for which there currently is no safe, orally available and effective treatment.

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MedImmune, NIST partner to advance development of biological therapies

Monday, February 23, 2015 01:06 PM

MedImmune, the global biologics R&D arm of AstraZeneca, and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have signed a five-year agreement to jointly support research that will help advance drug discovery and manufacturing. The effort will focus on tools and measurements that will be used in the development and production of biopharmaceuticals, which are drugs and treatments derived from biological, rather than chemical, sources.

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Rigel, Bristol-Myers Squibb ink R&D collaboration

Monday, February 23, 2015 01:01 PM

Rigel Pharmaceuticals and Bristol-Myers Squibb have entered into a collaboration agreement for the discovery, development and commercialization of cancer immunotherapies based on Rigel’s extensive portfolio of small molecule TGF beta receptor kinase inhibitors. T

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Merck Serono, Sysmex Inostics open liquid biopsy RAS biomarker testing center

Friday, February 20, 2015 12:32 PM

Merck Serono, the biopharmaceutical business of Merck, has announced the opening of the first liquid biopsy RAS biomarker testing center in Vall d'Hebron's Institute of Oncology, Barcelona, Spain, and initially will test patients as part of its research program. This is an important milestone in making the new liquid biopsy RAS test available to patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC), and a significant step forward in Merck Serono's collaboration with Sysmex Inostics, a Germany-based molecular diagnostic company.

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