Europe

EMA revises policy on conflicts of interest

Friday, November 21, 2014

The EMA has published its revised policy on handling declarations of interests for scientific committee members and experts. The revisions reflect a more balanced approach to handling conflicts of interests that aims to effectively restrict the involvement of experts with possible conflicts of interests in the agency’s work, while maintaining EMA’s ability to access the best available expertise.

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Neuro-MAP, MRC Technology to jumpstart drug development for brain diseases

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Drugs for brain diseases such as dementia, motor neurone disease and Parkinson’s, which have stalled in development, could be revived thanks to up to $47.1 million in funding and resources from a global coalition of charities and funders. The Neurodegeneration Medicines Acceleration Program (Neuro-MAP), led by U.K. medical research charity MRC Technology, will help charities and funding bodies identify promising drug projects no longer in development and help scientists take them forward to the next stage.

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Perrigo to acquire Omega Pharma for $4.5 billion

Friday, November 7, 2014

Perrigo, a Dublin, Ireland-based global provider of healthcare products, will acquire Omega Pharma, an OTC healthcare company headquartered in Nazareth, Belgium, for $4.5 billion, including a $3.1 billion purchase price plus assumption of $1.4 billion in debt. The transaction will enhance Perrigo’s OTC product offering and expand its distribution through Omega’s strong established platform. 

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EFPIA, Innovative Medicines Initiative form $348.2M Ebola+ program

Friday, November 7, 2014

European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), a representative of the pharmaceutical industry operating in Europe, its specialized group Vaccines Europe and the Innovative Medicines Initiative have launched a $348.2 million call for proposals for an Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) program aimed to address the current Ebola crisis. The Ebola+ program will bring together the pharma industry and researchers in a collaborative program aimed to cover the current outbreak, as well as future needs in the space of hemorrhagic fevers.

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AstraZeneca, Manchester University form Advanced Drug Delivery Center

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The University of Manchester and AstraZeneca have entered into a strategic collaboration to develop cutting-edge technologies designed to enhance the way drugs work and deliver better health outcomes for patients. Together, they are launching the North West Center for Advanced Drug Delivery, which will be housed in Manchester Pharmacy School and will have links into a wide range of research groups throughout the university.

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CluePoints wins ENTENTE Life Science Investment Forum Award

Thursday, October 30, 2014

CluePoints, a provider of Centralized Statistical Monitoring (CSM) solutions for clinical trials, has secured an ENTENTE Life Science Investment Forum Award. The award program, which is organized by the ENTENTE project and supported by the European Commission and EuropaBio, recognized CluePoints as one of Belgium’s most innovative high technology businesses for its Central Statistical Monitoring (CSM) solution, which employs unique statistical algorithms to determine the quality, accuracy and integrity of clinical trial data.

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European Union to boost Ebola research with $30.9 million

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The European Commission (E.C.) has announced $30.9 million from the European Union (E.U.) budget for urgently needed Ebola research. The funding will go to five projects, ranging from a large-scale clinical trial of a potential vaccine, to testing existing and novel compounds to treat Ebola. The money from Horizon 2020, an E.U. research and innovation program, will be provided via a fast-track procedure in order to start work as soon as possible. The commission also is working with industry on the further development of vaccines, drugs and diagnostics for Ebola and other haemorrhagic diseases within the Innovative Medicines Initiative.

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