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NIH funds nine antimicrobial resistance diagnostics projects

Friday, April 10, 2015 01:31 PM

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the NIH, has awarded more than $11 million in first-year funding for nine research projects supporting enhanced diagnostics to rapidly detect antimicrobial-resistant bacteria. The awardee institutions will develop tools to identify certain pathogens that frequently cause infections in health care settings and, specifically, those that are resistant to most antimicrobials. Advancing the development of rapid and innovative diagnostic tests for identifying and characterizing resistant bacteria is a key goal of the President’s recent National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.

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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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Obama administration releases National Action Plan to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Thursday, April 2, 2015 12:59 PM

The White House has released a comprehensive plan that identifies critical actions to be taken by key Federal departments and agencies to combat the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, which was developed by the interagency Task Force for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in response to Executive Order 13676: Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, outlines steps for implementing the plan.

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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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Affinivax, PATH collaborate on pneumococcal disease vaccine candidate

Friday, February 13, 2015 11:30 AM

Affinivax, a Cambridge, Mass.-based biotechnology company dedicated to developing novel vaccines, has entered into a collaboration with PATH, a global health nonprofit organization, to advance the company’s lead vaccine candidate for Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus). The partnership includes funding from PATH to support product development, preclinical testing and manufacturing, with the goal to qualify and select a final development candidate to advance toward clinical testing.

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Roche, Meiji and Fedora partner to explore bacterial resistance to antibiotics

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 12:38 PM

RocheMeiji Seika Pharma and Fedora have entered into a license agreement for the development and commercialization of OP0595, a beta-lactamase inhibitor in phase I clinical development. Meiji Seika Pharma is a Japan-based maker of antibacterial drugs. Fedora Pharmaceuticals is headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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Johnson & Johnson begins phase I clinical trial of Ebola vaccine regimen

Thursday, January 8, 2015 02:19 PM

Johnson & Johnson has begun a phase I, first-in-human clinical trial of a preventive Ebola vaccine in development at its Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies. The trial is being led by the Oxford Vaccine Group, part of the University of Oxford Department of Pediatrics. Recruitment in the trial is underway, and the first volunteers have received their initial vaccine dose. Enrollment is expected to be completed by the end of January.

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Pfizer acquires Redvax

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 09:00 AM

Pfizer has acquired a controlling interest in Redvax, a spinoff from Redbiotec, a privately held Swiss biopharmaceutical company, based in Zurich-Schlieren. This transaction provides access to a preclinical human cytomegalovirus (CMV) vaccine candidate, as well as intellectual property and a technology platform related to a second, undisclosed vaccine program.

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14 indicted in connection with 2012 nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak

Friday, December 19, 2014 02:29 PM

The Justice Department unsealed a 131-count criminal indictment in Boston in connection with the 2012 nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak. Barry J. Cadden, owner and head pharmacist of New England Compounding Center (NECC), and NECC’s supervisory pharmacist Glenn A. Chin were charged with 25 acts of second-degree murder in Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.   

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Congress includes $25 million increase for Alzheimer’s research funding in spending bill

Monday, December 15, 2014 12:33 PM

The 2015 U.S. government spending package, known as the cromnibus, includes an increase of $25 million for the National Institute on Aging (NIA), with an expectation that much of the funding would support additional research into Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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