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Sosei subsidiary Heptares and Allergan partner

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Sosei Group‘s wholly-owned subsidiary Heptares Therapeutics has entered into a definitive agreement with Allergan Pharmaceuticals International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Allergan, a global pharmaceutical company, under which Allergan will license exclusive global rights to a broad portfolio of novel subtype-selective muscarinic receptor agonists in development for the treatment of major neurological disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease.

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Medidata acquires Intelemage

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Medidata, a global provider of cloud-based solutions for clinical research in life sciences, has announced the acquisition of Intelemage, a global pioneer in medical image sharing and workflow management. Medidata will integrate Intelemage’s technology into its SaaS platform, the Medidata Clinical Cloud, offering customers an end-to-end solution to capture, manage and analyze medical imaging data. The transaction was completed in the second quarter of 2016.

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Positive results for Newron phase II study of evenamide for schizophrenia

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Newron Pharmaceuticals, an Italy-based biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel therapies for patients with diseases of the central nervous system (CNS) and pain, has presented results for Evenamide (NW-3509), a putative antipsychotic that targets abnormal electrical activity and glutamatergic abnormalities in improving psychotic symptoms in patients with schizophrenia, in a phase II, placebo-controlled trial.

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Genocea releases positive results for genital herpes treatment GEN-003

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Genocea Biosciences, a biopharmaceutical company developing T cell-directed vaccines and immunotherapies, has announced positive 12 month efficacy data from its phase II dose optimization trial evaluating GEN-003 for the treatment of genital herpes. GEN-003 demonstrated sustained and statistically significant reductions compared to baseline in the rate of viral shedding 12 months after dosing across multiple dose groups as well as sustained efficacy at multiple dose levels across secondary endpoints measuring the impact on clinical disease. GEN-003 was safe and well-tolerated by patients, with no serious adverse events related to the vaccine in the trial.

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HealthCarePoint launches BlueCloud 2.0 networking technology

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

HealthCarePoint (HCP), a Texas-based healthcare and clinical research networking-technology company founded by patient survivors, has successfully completed global testing of its BlueCloud business model and networking technology and unveiled BlueCloud 2.0. In the past year, thousands of healthcare and clinical research organizations and other stakeholders have connected with BlueCloud 2.0 to help innovate its private, secure and verifiable network.

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FEI partners to form Cryo-EM research consortium

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

FEI has partnered to form the “Cambridge Pharmaceutical Cryo-EM Consortium.” Partners include five pharmaceutical companies—Astex Pharmaceuticals, AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Heptares Therapeutics and UCB; the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology (MRC-LMB); and the University of Cambridge’s Nanoscience Center. As part of the three-year agreement, FEI will provide sample preparation and data collection services on a Titan Krios cryo-transmission electron microscope (cryo-EM) to the consortium companies for early-stage drug discovery research.

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Report: Slowest quarter for venture-backed IPOs since 2011

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Six venture-backed initial public offerings (IPOs) raised $574.5 million in the first quarter of 2016, according to the Exit Poll Report by Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). This marks the slowest quarter for venture-backed IPOs since the third quarter of 2011. By merger and acquisition (M&A), 79 venture-backed M&A deals were reported in the first quarter, 20 of which reported an aggregate deal value of $4.8 billion.   

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