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Incyte joins Safe-Biopharma Association

Friday, April 17, 2015 12:39 PM

Incyte, a Delaware-based biopharmaceutical company, has joined SAFE-BioPharma Association, a nonprofit industry coalition responsible for the ongoing development and implementation of the SAFE-BioPharma digital identity and signature standard.

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Immunocore, MedImmune collaborate on immuno-oncology combination trials

Friday, April 17, 2015 12:36 PM

Immunocore, a biotechnology company developing novel biological drugs to treat cancer and other diseases headquartered outside Oxford, England, and MedImmune, the global biologics R&D arm of AstraZeneca, have entered into a second collaboration.

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Icon executives release book for re-engineering clinical trials

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 12:50 PM

Global CRO Icon of Dublin, Ireland, has released the book Re-Engineering Clinical Trials, edited and co-authored by Brendan Buckley, Icon’s chief medical officer, and Peter Schüler, ICON’s senior vice president of global medical and safety services.

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PatientsLikeMe, AstraZeneca collaborate

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 12:48 PM

PatientsLikeMe and AstraZeneca have signed a five-year agreement to provide access to PatientsLikeMe’s global network in support of AstraZeneca’s patient-driven research initiatives. AstraZeneca will use patient-reported data from PatientsLikeMe to shape future medicine development and help improve outcomes across its main therapeutic areas, with an initial focus on respiratory disease, lupus, diabetes and oncology.

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DARPA awards Inovio $45M Ebola program grant

Thursday, April 9, 2015 01:43 PM

Inovio Pharmaceuticals, based in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., has been awarded a $45 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to lead a collaborative team to develop multiple treatment and prevention approaches against Ebola.

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Clinicians, researchers and industry collaborate with the 100,000 Genomes Project

Friday, March 27, 2015 11:12 AM

Genomics England has announced a new collaboration as part of the 100,000 Genomes Project to accelerate the development of new diagnostics and treatments for patients. Ten pharma and biotech companies have come together to create the Genomics Expert Network for Enterprises (GENE) Consortium to oversee a year-long industry trial.

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New Innovative Medicines Initiative project launched to combat carbapenem resistance

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 03:15 PM

Eighteen European academic partners and three pharmaceutical companies are launching a new project under the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) funded New Drugs 4 Bad Bugs (ND4BB) program. COMBACTE-CARE (Combating Bacterial resistance in Europe-Carbapenem-Resistance) will bring highly innovative studies and activities related to the treatment of patients with infections caused by Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). Being very difficult to treat and sometimes deadly, CRE are considered to be one of the most dangerous resistant bacteria in the world. University Medical Center Utrecht is the project’s managing entity.

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AstraZeneca, Harvard Stem Cell Institute to collaborate in diabetes

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 02:57 PM

AstraZeneca has entered into a five-year research collaboration with the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) to adapt a technique that creates human beta cells from stem cells for use in screens of AstraZeneca’s compound library in the search for new treatments for diabetes.

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Moderna appoints Tal Zaks as chief medical officer

Thursday, March 19, 2015 01:22 PM

Moderna Therapeutics, a developer of messenger RNA (mRNA) Therapeutics across a range of therapeutic applications, has announced that Tal Zaks, M.D., Ph.D., will join Moderna's executive leadership team as chief medical officer.

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AstraZeneca establishes scientific review board for clinical trial data transparency

Thursday, March 19, 2015 12:05 PM

AstraZeneca has created a scientific review board that will act independently to assess requests from external researchers, which includes patient level data. The board of independent clinicians and academics has been established as part of AZ's commitment to the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Responsible Data Sharing Principles, as well as the new EMA Clinical Trial Policy and Regulation.

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