R&D Trends

Report: Spending on medicines totaled $450B in 2016

Thursday, May 4, 2017

In a QuintilesIMS report, various aspects of the market for medicines in the U.S. is highlighed—panning aggregate spending, key medicine categories, volumes, patient cost exposure, as well as an outlook to 2021. The report seeks to provide appropriate context and perspective around the complex factors that drive the level of spending on medicines and their role in our healthcare system.

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AstraZeneca, Pieris collaborate for respiratory disease treatments

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

AstraZeneca announced a strategic collaboration in respiratory diseases with Pieris Pharmaceuticals to develop novel inhaled drugs that leverage Pieris’ Anticalin platform. Anticalin molecules are engineered proteins which can mimic antibodies by binding to sites either on other proteins or on small molecules. They are smaller than monoclonal antibodies, offering the potential of direct delivery to the lung.

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HitGen partners with Scripps Research Institute and Calibr

Monday, April 24, 2017

HitGen, a privately held biotech company focused on technology for effective and efficient small molecule drug discovery and development, announced a collaboration with The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and its affiliate, the California Institute for Biomedical Research (Calibr). This collaboration is to discover and develop potential new therapies in areas of unmet clinical need, with an initial focus in oncology, regenerative medicine and virology.

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NIH funds seven international centers of excellence for Malaria research

Monday, April 24, 2017

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the NIH, announced approximately $9 million in first-year funding, subject to availability, for seven malaria research centers around the world. The seven-year awards continue NIAID’s 2010 program that created the International Centers of Excellence for Malaria Research (ICEMRs) in regions where malaria is endemic. The awards fund three new and four existing centers that work in 14 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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VolitionRX opens new R&D facility in Belgium

Monday, April 24, 2017

VolitionRx opened its new R&D facility. The new building will enable the company to increase capacity to carry out clinical trials and to expand its scientific team, thereby expediting the large number of trials underway. The new custom-designed facility comprises 9,000 square feet of office space and 10,000 square feet of high quality, purpose-built laboratory space. The facility is located in the Crealys Science Park, Isnes in the Wallonia region of Belgium, an area popular with other biotech and pharmaceutical companies.

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