R&D Trends

BASF, Nuritas partner on peptide ingredients through artificial intelligence

Monday, January 23, 2017

BASF Human Nutrition and Nuritas have announced a collaboration that will see the commercialization and discovery of health-benefiting bioactive peptide networks within specific target areas of significant value. Peptides are biologically occurring short chains of amino acids that act as potent signaling molecules in the body. The peptide networks of focus in this collaboration are natural, food-derived, patented and of significant benefit to the health of consumers. These health benefits include for example anti-inflammatory activities. 

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Milner Therapeutics Institute, Pfizer partner

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Milner Therapeutics Institute has announced Pfizer as a partner to the Milner Therapeutics Consortium. Pfizer has agreed to join the Consortium, which enables the efficient transfer of materials between industry and academia and allocation of funds for partnering opportunities in Cambridge. Dr. Ron Newbold, vice president, External R&D Innovation at Pfizer, will join the Milner Innovation Board alongside representatives from Astex, AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Shionogi, MedImmune, University of Cambridge, Babraham Institute and Sanger Institute.

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Takeda, Ovid Therapeutics partner on rare pediatric epilepsies

Friday, January 20, 2017

Takeda Pharmaceutical and Ovid Therapeutics, a privately held biopharmaceutical company committed to developing medicines that transform the lives of people with rare neurological diseases, have announced the formation of a global collaboration focused on the clinical development and commercialization of Takeda’s investigational new drug TAK-935, a novel, potent and highly selective CH24H inhibitor, in rare pediatric epilepsies. TAK-935 has successfully completed several phase I clinical studies under Takeda’s leadership and will be moving into phase Ib/IIa clinical studies in rare epileptic encephalopathies where patients continue to suffer from significant unmet medical needs.

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Xcovery joins NCI Formulary to help expedite cancer clinical trials

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Xcovery, a developer of targeted therapeutics for cancer, has announced its participation in the NCI Formulary, a public-private partnership between the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the NIH, and pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to expedite the use of agents in clinical trials. The partnership, which launched last week with fifteen targeted agents from six pharmaceutical companies, will seek to alleviate the lengthy process to develop new therapies for patients, and respond to the call for greater collaboration within the industry made by Vice President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative.

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MRC Technology Centre relocates to expand diagnostics research capability

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

MRC Technology, an independent medical research charity, has announced the relocation of its Centre for Diagnostics Development (CDD) to Nine, Edinburgh BioQuarter, in the U.K. The move forms part of the charity’s investment of over £7 million over the next five years to further its work accelerating diagnostic research into the clinic. CDD will potentially double its headcount over the same period.

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Harrington Discovery, ADDF expand collaboration

Friday, January 13, 2017

Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) have expanded their collaboration to accelerate translation of innovative research efforts for Alzheimer’s disease. Together, the two organizations will jointly market and administer a new award program for academic researchers. By leveraging their combined expertise, investment, and resources, Harrington Discovery Institute and the ADDF will advance Alzheimer’s disease drug discovery projects of great promise in academic institutions nationwide.

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PIQUR Therapeutics, Pierre Fabre partner in dermato-oncology

Thursday, January 12, 2017

PIQUR Therapeutics, a Swiss clinical-stage pharmaceutical company, and Pierre Fabre, the second largest private French pharmaceutical group, have signed a collaboration agreement for the development of PIQUR’s lead compound PQR309 in dermato-oncology. The exclusive deal will see PIQUR and Pierre Fabre’s R&D teams work together on the evaluation and development of dermatological formulations of PI3K/mTOR inhibitors across multiple therapeutic indications. 

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