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Massachusetts Life Sciences Center awards 11 companies tax incentives for 1,075 new jobs

Thursday, April 30, 2015 11:58 AM

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC), an investment agency that supports life sciences innovation, research, development and commercialization, has awarded $19 million in tax incentives to 11 life sciences companies. The recipients have committed to creating 1,075 new jobs in the Commonwealth in 2015.

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Ruthigen, Pulmatrix ink merger agreement

Monday, March 16, 2015 01:41 PM

Ruthigen, a biopharmaceutical company based in Santa Rosa, Calif., and Pulmatrix, a Lexington, Mass.-based clinical stage biotech, have entered into a definitive merger agreement. Pulmatrix will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ruthigen and all of Pulmatrix's debt and equity securities outstanding prior to the consummation of the merger will be exchanged for shares of Ruthigen common stock that will represent approximately 81% of the outstanding common stock of Ruthigen.

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International GPCR Consortium adds Novo Nordisk and Merck

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 12:34 PM

The GPCR Consortium, an international nonprofit collaboration that comprises academic research institutes in the U.S. and China and major pharma companies around the world, has announced Novo Nordisk and Merck as new members. The companies join AmgenSanofi and Ono in the GPCR Consortium. The research funded by the GPCR Consortium currently is conducted at the Bridge Institute at the University of Southern CaliforniaShanghai Institute of Materia Medica and the iHuman Institute at ShanghaiTech University.

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WuXi PharmaTech acquires NextCODE Health

Friday, January 9, 2015 01:58 PM

WuXi PharmaTech, an open-access R&D capability and technology platform company serving the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries with operations in China and the U.S., has acquired NextCODE Health, a genomic analysis and bioinformatics company with operations in the U.S. and Iceland, for $65 million in cash.

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Amgen, LabCentral to support life sciences and biotech startups in Massachusetts

Monday, January 5, 2015 12:38 PM

Amgen has become a LabCentral platinum sponsor. LabCentral is an innovative, shared laboratory space designed as a launchpad for life sciences and biotech startups. As part of the sponsorship agreement, Amgen can nominate up to two promising life sciences and biotech startup companies per year to take up residence in LabCentral’s Kendall Square facilities, based in Cambridge, Mass.

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Amgen, Kite Pharma form cancer immunotherapy collaboration

Monday, January 5, 2015 12:37 PM

Amgen and Santa Monica, Calif.-based Kite Pharma have entered into a strategic research collaboration and license agreement to develop and commercialize the next generation of novel Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T cell immunotherapies based on Kite's engineered autologous cell therapy (eACT) platform and Amgen's extensive array of cancer targets.

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Amgen initiates trial of Talimogene Laherparepvec and Merck's Keytruda

Thursday, December 11, 2014 01:46 PM

Amgen has initiated a trial of talimogene laherparepvec, an investigational oncolytic immunotherapy, in combination with an investigational use of Merck's FDA approved, anti-PD-1 therapy, Keytruda (pembrolizumab) in patients with regionally or distantly metastatic melanoma. The trial has enrolled its first patient and will evaluate the combination of these two therapies in approximately 110 patients across 35 clinical trial sites in the U.S., Australia and Europe.

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FDA approves Blincyto (Blinatumomab) for leukemia

Thursday, December 4, 2014 02:20 PM

The FDA has granted approval of Amgen’s Blincyto (blinatumomab) for the treatment of patients with Philadelphia chromosome-negative (Ph-) relapsed or refractory B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). This indication is approved under accelerated approval.

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Global oncologists share insights into cancer immunology

Monday, November 24, 2014 08:00 AM

Cancer immunotherapy has become one of the hottest fields of clinical research in decades.

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Amgen, Novartis partner with Atlas Venture

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 02:37 PM

Atlas Venture, based in Cambridge, Mass., has entered into corporate strategic partnership (CSP) agreements with both Amgen, through its venture capital fund, Amgen Ventures, and Novartis. Atlas IX is expected to create and/or fund more than 15 new biotech companies and anticipates these new CSP relationships will be integral parts of facilitating their launch and progression.    

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