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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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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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