Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Tempus, a technology company focused on helping doctors personalize cancer care by collecting and analyzing large volumes of molecular and clinical data, and Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute will collaborate on a precision medicine initiative aimed at improving outcomes for patients diagnosed with cancer.
BioTime, a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing and commercializing products addressing degenerative diseases, has been awarded a grant of up to $1.56 million from the Small Business Innovation Research program of the NIH. The grant provides funding to further develop BioTime’s innovative, next generation vision restoration program for more advanced retinal diseases and injuries, which severely impact the quality of life for millions of people with no treatment option. This initiative aims at improving vision in people affected by blindness, whether caused by retinal injuries, age-related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa or other causes.
More than 100 biotechnology and drug development leaders who responded to surveys conducted during industry conferences earlier this year reported a wide range of barriers to the outsourcing of research and development (R&D) services, including the contracts review process, intellectual property (IP) security concerns and service provider qualification. The surveys were conducted by Science Exchange, a secure platform for outsourced research and development (R&D), during the 2017 Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) International Convention and 2017 Drug Industry Association (DIA) Global Annual Meeting.
To accelerate the development of next-generation cancer therapies, the Gene Editing Institute of the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute at Christiana Care Health System has agreed to provide genetically modified cell lines to Analytical Biological Services (ABS) of Wilmington, Delaware.
NantHealth, a next-generation, evidence-based, personalized healthcare company, announced that it has entered into an agreement for GPS Cancer, a proteogenomic molecular test that helps guide treatment strategies including choice of standard chemotherapy for oncologists, with Asia Genomics, a provider and distributor of molecular testing services and key player in the field of personalized medicine in Southeast Asia.
Tempus, a technology company focused on helping doctors personalize cancer care by collecting and analyzing large volumes of molecular and clinical data, and University of California Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center are collaborating on a precision medicine partnership to advance clinical care with Next Generation Sequencing analysis, focused initially on patients diagnosed with hematological malignancies and pancreatic cancer.
Shire, a biotech leader in rare diseases, announced a collaboration with MicroHealth to support a free and secure care monitoring tool for hemophilia A and B patients with inhibitors and their care teams. MicroHealth, a digital health company co-created by a hemophilia patient, developed the tool, in the form of an app, to help improve hemophilia patient care and outcomes through the ability to set reminders, track, store and selectively share personal health data, including photos and bleed alerts, with care team members. Shire’s collaboration with MicroHealth will help the start-up customize the tool with new features and information specifically for the 5-7% of hemophilia patients with inhibitors. Both companies remain independent in this collaboration and Shire does not have access to any patient, caregiver or other third-party data through this collaboration.