Wednesday, March 11, 2015
VolitionRx, a life sciences company focused on developing blood-based diagnostic tests for a broad range of cancer types and other conditions, has initiated a pilot study to assess the feasibility of VolitionRx’s proprietary NuQ assays in detecting prostate cancer. The study is in collaboration with ImmuneHealth, a global biomarker CRO, and is taking place in Belgium.
Alzheimer’s Research U.K., a dedicated dementia research charity, has announced a $46.3 million Drug Discovery Alliance, launching three flagship Drug Discovery Institutes at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and University College London (UCL). The Drug Discovery Institutes will see 90 new research scientists employed in state-of-the-art facilities to fast-track the development of new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
Genticel, a French biotechnology company and developer of therapeutic vaccines, has announced that the Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB), an independent committee of experts which monitors safety data every six months during a study, met as scheduled on Jan. 22. It recommended the RHEIA-VAC study proceed without any modifications. The DSMB already had made the same recommendation during the first review on July 1, 2014.
A number of medicines for which authorization in the European Union (E.U.) was primarily based on clinical studies conducted at GVK Biosciences in Hyderabad, India should be suspended, according to the EMA. The recommendation is based on findings from an inspection that raised concerns about how GVK conducted studies at the Hyderabad site on behalf of marketing authorization holders.
Syncona, a London-based subsidiary of the Wellcome Trust, and UCL Business, the wholly-owned technology transfer company of University College London (UCL), have announced the creation of Autolus, a London-based biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of next-generation engineered T-cell therapies for hematological and solid tumors. Autolus is founded upon the work of Dr. Martin Pule, an academic clinical hematologist and thought-leader in T-cell engineering. Syncona has committed $33.5 million to Autolus in a Series A financing. Dr. Christian Itin, former CEO of Micromet, has joined the company as chairman.