R&D Trends

University of Pittsburgh, Bayer form research alliance

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The University of Pittsburgh and Bayer have established a master collaboration agreement to advance research for heart, lung and blood disease indications. This broad collaboration spans from early research studies, to drug development and big data analysis including real-world evidence studies. In addition to the research partnership, Bayer will be supporting an independent investigator-initiated clinical trial in sickle cell disease.

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MedUni Vienna is producing Big Data guidelines

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

MedUni Vienna is the lead partner in an international Big Data project for promoting the clinical investigation of hematological malignancies. The EU “HARMONY” project involves 51 partner institutions from eleven countries. MedUni Vienna—the domicile of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics at the Josephinum—is developing ethical and legal guidelines for the handling of sensitive patient information. 

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Illumina, Bio-Rad launch solution for single-cell genomic sequencing

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Illumina and Bio-Rad Laboratories launched the Illumina Bio-Rad Single-Cell Sequencing Solution at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference. The comprehensive solution is the first next-generation sequencing (NGS) workflow for single-cell analysis, providing researchers the ability to investigate the coordinated contribution of individual cells in tissue function, disease progression, and therapeutic response.

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AbbVie, Genomics Medicine Ireland and WuXi NextCODE partner

Monday, January 9, 2017

AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, life-sciences startup Genomics Medicine Ireland (GMI), and WuXi NextCODE, a global contract genomics organization, has announced the launch of a long-term strategic alliance to conduct population genomics research in Ireland aimed at advancing the discovery and development of novel therapeutic approaches to a range of serious diseases. The 15-year collaboration will focus on major chronic diseases within oncology, neuroscience and immunology that affect hundreds of thousands of people in Ireland and hundreds of millions worldwide. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Viriom, NIH partner on Zika and other major viral diseases

Monday, January 9, 2017

Viriom has entered into a collaboration with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to identify new drug candidates for treatment of the Zika and other important virus infections. Under the collaboration agreement, Viriom and Dr. Leo Margolis of NICHD will study and improve the antiviral properties of Viriom’s lead compounds against the Zika virus, HBV, HCV, HIV, RSV and other clinically relevant viruses.

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Lantern Pharma, Intuition Systems partner in biomarker discovery

Monday, January 9, 2017

Lantern Pharma has reached an agreement to collaborate with India-based AI and data analytics company, Intuition Systems. Lantern Pharma is a privately held, global biotech company pioneering the field of precision oncology. Lantern’s proprietary approach to drug development is driven by advanced genomics and machine learning-based artificial intelligence (AI), which when combined, are advancing a new wave of precision drug therapies that significantly reduce the time to market and overall risk associated with drug development. Intuition will work closely with Lantern’s existing computational team to bring additional AI, big data analysis, cloud support and infrastructure to support drug development and biomarker identification.

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Evotec, Eternygen to develop novel metabolic disease therapy

Monday, January 9, 2017

Evotec will extend its existing relationship with Eternygen by becoming an investor in addition to being a preclinical drug discovery partner. Within a consortium of investors including VC Fonds Technologie Berlin, managed by IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH, and two renowned family offices, Epidarex and Evotec together will participate in Eternygen’s latest funding round of EUR 8 million (approx. $8.3 million).

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Pieris, Servier partner on immuno-oncology

Friday, January 6, 2017

Pieris Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage biotechnology company advancing novel biotherapeutics through its proprietary Anticalin technology platform, and Servier, an independent international pharmaceutical company, have announced a broad collaboration in immuno-oncology (IO). Despite the impressive clinical efficacy of checkpoint inhibitors to date, a majority of patients fail to respond to approved therapies. The collaboration seeks to address this significant unmet clinical need by advancing a series of novel molecules, including multiple dual immune checkpoint blockade approaches.

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