Global News

Dow AgroSciences, TeselaGen expanding advanced biodesign platform for Ag

Monday, August 28, 2017

Innovative use of molecular design technology is essential for discovering and developing new agricultural products at a faster pace. TeselaGen Biotechnology, and Dow AgroSciences, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical, announced they have entered a new phase in their collaboration to produce a state-of-the-art biological design automation platform that can speed discovery work. The companies began collaborating in 2016.

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CBT Pharmaceuticals creates scientific advisory board

Monday, August 28, 2017

CBT Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative oncology therapeutics harnessing the immune system and targeting specific molecular pathways to tame cancer,  announced the appointments of Robert A. Figlin, M.D., FACP and Frank McCormick, Ph.D., FRS, DSc. to its newly established Scientific Advisory Board (SAB).

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CSL Behring to acquire Calimmune for $91M

Monday, August 28, 2017

Global biotherapeutics provider CSL Behring has agreed to acquire Calimmune, a biotechnology company focused on the development of ex vivo hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) gene therapy with R&D facilities in Pasadena, California, and Sydney, Australia, for an upfront payment of $91 million. 

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A critical need for timely site payments

Monday, August 28, 2017

The Pulse on Site Success by Christophe Berthoux

Research sites across the globe likely have felt the effects of delayed payments, inconsistent payment amounts and lack of explanation regarding what the payment was for. In a 2016 survey of Investigators conducted by DrugDev, getting paid “on time” was one of the top two burdens reported by sites. Receiving untimely payments not only produces financial stress to the site, it often leads to additional administrative load placed on staff members who must allocate resources to track down payments and deal with discrepancies.

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Novartis launches smartphone research study in multiple sclerosis

Friday, August 25, 2017

Novartis announced the launch of a mobile research study for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) that collects data via their smartphone, without the need for clinic visits. The study, Evaluation of Evidence from Smart Phone Sensors and Patient-Reported Outcomes in Participants with Multiple Sclerosis (elevateMS), is designed to collect sensor-based data from physical tasks and symptoms. It aims to improve understanding of the daily challenges patients with MS can have and to uncover new potential measurements of treatment effectiveness through real-time data collection from participants in their everyday life.

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Propeller Health expands digital health collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline

Friday, August 25, 2017

Propeller Health, a digital solution for respiratory medicine, announced the expansion of its 2015 collaboration with GSK, enabling both companies to prepare for and undertake commercial activities using the Propeller clip-on sensor and software platform for use with GSK’s ELLIPTA Inhaler. The companies will continue ongoing research and development efforts to collect evidence from the Propeller clip-on sensor and software platform used in conjunction with GSK’s respiratory medicines for asthma and COPD.

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Topas Therapeutics, Eli Lilly ink agreement on immune tolerance

Friday, August 25, 2017

Topas Therapeutics, a Hamburg, Germany-based private company, has signed a multi-year agreement with Eli Lilly to collaborate in the field of antigen-specific tolerance induction with an initial focus on external antigens thought to induce inflammation and/or autoimmune disease. Topas will be responsible for conducting pre-clinical proof-of-principle studies in collaboration with Lilly to generate drug candidates. Under the terms of the agreement, Lilly has an option for all candidates produced under the collaboration for in-licensing and further development. Topas will receive R&D funding and participate in the future success of any compounds in-licensed by Lilly. Financial details of the collaboration are not being disclosed.

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AHPAC to combine with Envigo International

Friday, August 25, 2017

Avista Healthcare Public Acquisition Corp. (AHPAC), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company, and Envigo International Holdings, an early stage non-clinical CRO offering a diverse set of non-clinical discovery and safety assessment services as well as laboratory animal science tools, jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Envigo will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of AHPAC, which will be re-named Envigo International Holdings, Inc. and is expected to be listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange as of closing of the proposed transaction.

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