Monday, December 1, 2014
The Cell Therapy Catapult, focused on the development of the U.K. cell therapy industry, has collaborated with the U.K. Regenerative Medicine Platform, the Knowledge Transfer Network and the Association of Medical Research Charities to develop a database of U.K. cell therapy research funding.
The U.K. government is launching an Innovative Medicines Review, which will consider how to speed up patient access to cost-effective and innovative medicines, devices and diagnostics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.