R&D Trends

Fate Therapeutics, Memorial Sloan-Kettering partner on T-Cell Immunotherapies

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Fate Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of programmed cellular immunotherapies for cancer and immune disorders, has announced a partnership with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for the development of off-the-shelf T-cell product candidates using engineered pluripotent cell lines. Research and development activities under the multi-year collaboration will be led by Michel Sadelain, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Center for Cell Engineering and the Stephen and Barbara Friedman Chair at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

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NCI embraces scientific road map to achieve Cancer Moonshot goals

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

National Cancer Institute (NCI) Acting Director Douglas Lowy, M.D., has accepted the recommendations of a Blue Ribbon Panel (BRP) on 10 scientific approaches most likely to make a decade’s worth of progress against cancer in five years under the Cancer Moonshot. The report was presented by the BRP to the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB), and it was subsequently considered and accepted by the NCAB with revisions that reflect the NCAB’s discussion. An overview of the report was published today in the journal Science.

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Federal prize competition seeks innovative ideas to combat antimicrobial resistance

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A federal prize competition launched calling for innovative ideas for rapid, point-of-care laboratory diagnostic tests to combat the development and spread of drug resistant bacteria, a rising public health threat. Antibiotic resistant bacteria cause at least 2 million infections and 23,000 deaths each year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Johns Hopkins, Salk co-lead $15M bipolar disorder and schizophrenia initiative

Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies will co-lead a $15.4 million effort to develop new systems for quickly screening libraries of drugs for potential effectiveness against schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has announced. The consortium, which includes four academic or nonprofit institutions and two industry partners, will be led by Hongjun Song, Ph.D., of Johns Hopkins and Rusty Gage, Ph.D., of Salk.

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Syngene International commissions dedicated R&D center for Amgen

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Syngene International, one of Asia’s largest R&D-focused CROs, has announced the establishment in Bangalore, India, of an integrated, multi-disciplinary drug discovery and development center for Amgen. This center, named Syngene Amgen R&D Center (SARC), will be Syngene’s fourth such exclusive R&D center. Syngene already operates dedicated R&D centers for Bristol-Myers Squibb, Abbott Nutrition and Baxter.

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BioPontis Alliance for Rare Diseases, VIB partner for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

BioPontis Alliance for Rare Diseases, an international nonprofit organization, and VIB, an excellence-based Life Science Research Institute in Belgium, announced a strategic partnership in rare diseases. The first program is aimed at developing a treatment for one type of Charcot Marie Tooth disease (CMT), a rare, progressive and debilitating neuropathy. There are no therapies available for CMT patients today, although it affects one in 2500 worldwide.

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Report: ADHD market to reach $13.9B by 2024

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The market for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) across the seven major markets (7MM) of the U.S., France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the U.K. and Japan, is set to experience an increase from approximately $6.1 billion in 2014 to $13.9 billion by 2024, at a compound annual growth rate of 8.5%, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.

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