AstraZeneca

Inversion rule change prompts AbbVie to halt Shire takeover

Thursday, October 16, 2014 02:21 PM

In what could have been a major pharmaceutical acquisition and one of the biggest tax inversion deals, Chicago-based AbbVie has recommended its shareholders vote against its proposed $54 billion takeover of Shire, a Dublin-headquartered pharmaceutical company specializing in medications to treat attention deficit disorder and rare diseases

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Quest Diagnostics

Exostar, BT partner

Thursday, October 16, 2014 07:00 AM

Exostar, a Herndon, Va.-based provider of secure, cloud-based solutions that improve collaboration, information sharing and supply chain management for communities of partners, has become a specialist member of the BT for Life Sciences partner ecosystem. Exostar’s secure identity and access management (IAM) and enterprise federation solutions now can be paired with BT’s Workbench Informatics solution for scientists.

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PPD acquires X-Chem

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 10:30 AM

Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), a Wilmington, N.C.-based CRO, has exercised its option to acquire the remaining minority ownership interest of X-Chem. X-Chem, a biotechnology company based in Waltham, Mass., will continue to operate as a biotechnology company with its entire existing staff, including its management team led by CEO and founder Richard W. Wagner, Ph.D., along with executive management team members Diala Ezzeddine, Ph.D., chief business officer; Matthew Clark, Ph.D., sr. vice president of research; and Lee Babiss as chairman of the board.

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Medimmune, Cancer Research U.K. establish laboratory for biologic cancer medicines

Friday, September 26, 2014 03:24 PM

MedImmune, AstraZeneca’s global biologics R&D arm, and Cancer Research U.K., with its commercial arm Cancer Research Technology (CRT), have entered into an innovative collaboration to establish a joint laboratory in Cambridge, U.K. The new laboratory will focus on the discovery and development of novel biologic cancer treatments over an initial five-year period.

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Cancer Core Europe consortium launches

Friday, September 26, 2014 03:15 PM

Cancer Core Europe—a consortium to address the cancer care/research continuum challenge, has launched. Its members are Gustave Roussy Cancer Campus Grand Paris; Cambridge Cancer Center, based in the U.K.; Karolinska Institute, of Stockholm, Sweden; the Netherlands Cancer InstituteVall d'Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO), of Barcelona, Spain; and the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and its National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT).

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FDA approves MOVANTIK (naloxegol) for opioid-induced constipation

Thursday, September 18, 2014 01:05 PM

The FDA has approved AstraZeneca’s MOVANTIK (naloxegol) tablets as the first once-daily oral peripherally-acting mu-opioid receptor antagonist (PAMORA) medication for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation (OIC), in adult patients with chronic, non-cancer pain.

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AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly ink agreement for AZD3293 for Alzheimer’s disease

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 02:28 PM

AstraZeneca and Eli Lilly have inked an agreement to jointly develop and commercialize AZD3293, an oral beta secretase cleaving enzyme (BACE) inhibitor currently in development as a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

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Trialbee helps AstraZeneca reduce recruitment time of patients to clinical trials

Monday, September 15, 2014 12:38 PM

Swedish e-health company Trialbee has signed a professional service agreement with AstraZeneca for e-recruitment.

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Report: Data sharing measures improving

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 02:45 PM

Citeline, an Informa business unit, has reported that clinical trial transparency, also known as responsible data sharing, is in a much healthier state than shown in previous studies.

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Redx Pharma, AstraZeneca collaborate

Thursday, September 4, 2014 12:34 PM

Redx Pharma, a U.K.-based group focused on early stage drug discovery and development, has entered into a research collaboration with AstraZeneca to discover and develop new molecules targeting a genetic driver of tumor growth and survival.

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