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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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Global Ebola relief effort not reaching rural communities

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 11:50 AM

Unprecedented levels of donation to support Ebola-struck Sierra Leone are bypassing many of the places where funding is urgently needed, claim two U.K.-based experts. The independent experts, Dutch sustainability scientist Robert Verkerk, Ph.D., and Sierra Leonean crisis management expert Morris Marah, have just returned from a one-week capacity assessment mission requested by Hon Alpha Kanu, Minister of Information and Communications of Sierra Leone.

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Booz Allen Hamilton acquires Epidemico

Thursday, October 30, 2014 12:15 PM

Booz Allen Hamilton, a Boston, Mass.-based provider of management consulting, technology and engineering services, has acquired Epidemico, a Boston informatics company.

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Johnson & Johnson to speed Ebola vaccine development, expand production

Thursday, October 23, 2014 01:03 PM

Johnson & Johnson has made a commitment of up to $200 million to accelerate and significantly expand the production of an Ebola vaccine program in development at Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies. The company is closely collaborating with the World Health Organization (WHO), the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), as well as other key stakeholders, governments and public health authorities on the clinical testing, development, production and distribution of the vaccine regimen.

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Chimerix receives Emergency Investigational NDA for Ebola

Thursday, October 9, 2014 11:45 AM

Chimerix, a biopharmaceutical company developing novel, oral antivirals in areas of high unmet medical need, has announced that brincidofovir has been provided for potential use in patients with Ebola virus disease. These requests were made by treating physicians. Emergency Investigational New Drug Applications (EIND) were granted by the FDA.

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Tekmira joins consortium conducting Ebola virus trials in West Africa

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 01:22 PM

Tekmira Pharmaceuticals, a British Columbia-based developer of RNA interference (RNAi) therapeutics, is collaborating with an international consortium to provide an RNAi-based investigational therapeutic for expedited clinical studies in West Africa.

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Gates Foundation commits $50M to support emergency response to Ebola

Friday, September 12, 2014 01:13 PM

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plans to commit $50 million to support the scale up of emergency efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and interrupt transmission of the virus.

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FDA approves weight-management drug Contrave

Friday, September 12, 2014 12:49 PM

The FDA has approved Contrave (naltrexone hydrochloride and bupropion hydrochloride extended-release tablets) as treatment option for chronic weight management in addition to a reduced-calorie diet and physical activity.

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Johnson & Johnson to accelerate Ebola vaccine program in collaboration with NIH

Thursday, September 4, 2014 12:29 PM

Johnson & Johnson has committed to accelerate its Ebola vaccine program in collaboration with the NIH. J&J will fast-track the development of a promising new combination vaccine regimen against Ebola and broadly collaborate to deliver immediate relief aid to address the current Ebola outbreak.

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Cancer Treatment Centers of America chooses WCG as its exclusive IRB, sheds five local hospital IRBs

Five southern research groups form public-private network to help save time, money for clients with early-stage biologics

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