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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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Cloud Pharmaceuticals ratifies board of directors

Friday, November 7, 2014 01:42 PM

Cloud Pharmaceuticals, a therapeutics company focused on cloud-based drug design and development, has ratified its board of directors. Members of the board include Cloud Pharmaceuticals chairman and CEO Ed Addison, chief scientific officer Shahar Keinan, Ph.D., and chief information officer Lawrence Husick. Other members of the board include:

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Cancer Innovation Coalition calls for reinvigorated U.S. cancer innovation

Friday, October 31, 2014 02:10 PM

The Cancer Innovation Coalition (CIC) has gone to Capitol Hill to call for early legislative and regulatory action in 2015 that will reinvigorate cancer innovation in the U.S.

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International GPCR Consortium formed with pharma, academia partners

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 01:32 PM

The generation of high-resolution pictures of hundreds of medically important proteins known as G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) will be the goal of a new international partnership. Called the GPCR Consortium, the nonprofit initiative brings together pharmaceutical companies and research institutes from three continents to advance GPCR research for drug development.

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Amgen outlines strategy, will cut up to 4,000 jobs

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 01:28 PM

Amgen has outlined the company's strategy, growth objectives and capital allocation plans, and provided financial guidance for 2015. In addition to the approximately 2,900 positions already set to be eliminated by the end of 2015, an additional 600 to 1,100 jobs will be cut.

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Cancer Innovation forum calls for improving cancer research ecosystem

Monday, October 27, 2014 12:58 PM

Accelerating the delivery of promising new cancer treatments depends on one critical requirement—ensuring patients are actively involved in the cancer research and drug development process from beginning to end.

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Amgen reports positive results of two phase III studies of evolocumab

Thursday, October 2, 2014 12:46 PM

Amgen has announced data from two phase III studies, RUTHERFORD-2 and TESLA, that showed treatment with evolocumab, a novel investigational low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C)-lowering medication, resulted in a statistically significant reduction in LDL-C compared to placebo in patients with different types of familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). FH is an inherited condition caused by a gene mutation, which leads to high levels of LDL-C, or "bad" cholesterol, and premature cardiovascular disease.

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DaVita combines its two research CRO units to create an end-to-end CRO focused on kidney, end-stage renal disease

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