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Report: Innovation trends in treatments for rare diseases and widespread conditions

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 08:45 AM

The antibiotics market is at risk of losing another decade to inadequate levels of research and innovation, according to international intellectual property firm Marks & Clerk’s new report From rare to routine—medicines for rare diseases, vaccines and antibiotics. Research highlights the striking difference between research levels into rare diseases, vaccines and antibiotics across the globe.

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Syndax appoints Dr. Briggs Morrison CEO, Michael Metzger president and COO

Monday, June 15, 2015 01:43 PM

Syndax Pharmaceuticals, a privately held oncology company based in Waltham, Mass., has announced that Briggs W. Morrison, M.D., is joining the company as CEO and a member of the board of directors, and Michael A. Metzger is joining the company as president and chief operating officer. Morrison joins Syndax from AstraZeneca, where he was executive vice president, global medicines development and chief medical officer. Metzger joins from Regado Biosciences, where he was president and CEO through the company's strategic merger with Tobira Therapeutics.

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Pediatric Praziquantel Consortium awarded $4.9M from GHIT

Monday, June 1, 2015 10:44 AM

The Pediatric Praziquantel Consortium, a consortium dedicated to the development of a new pediatric formulation against schistosomiasis, has received almost $4.9 million from the Japanese Global Health Innovative Technology (GHIT) Fund. The GHIT Fund reaffirms, with this second research grant, its confidence in the work being done by the consortium to offer a treatment solution for pre-school children and the future role that the consortium will be playing for the elimination of schistosomiasis

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EMD Serono makes key oncology appointments

Thursday, May 28, 2015 02:54 PM

EMD Serono, the U.S. biopharmaceutical business of Germany’s Merck, has announced two critical management appointments to lead its entry into oncology. EMD Serono's diversified oncology and immuno-oncology pipeline includes multiple, high-priority projects currently in development to optimize patient outcomes in challenging cancers that have significant unmet patient need.

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Fosun Pharma, HOPU Investments, CEL Healthcare Fund, WuXi PharmaTech to acquire Ambrx

Friday, May 22, 2015 01:50 PM

A consortium—consisting of entities affiliated with Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Group, HOPU InvestmentsChina Everbright’s Healthcare Fund and WuXi PharmaTech—has signed a merger agreement to acquire Ambrx. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015, subject to receipt of certain regulatory approvals and satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

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Moderna launches venture company Elpidera for rare diseases

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 11:57 AM

Moderna Therapeutics, a Cambridge, Mass.-based developer of messenger RNA (mRNA) Therapeutics, has launched Elpidera, a new Moderna venture focused exclusively on the advancement of mRNA-based medicines for the treatment of rare diseases.

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Accenture, Oracle expand Life Sciences Cloud for R&D

Friday, April 24, 2015 01:14 PM

Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, has expanded the Accenture Life Sciences Cloud for R&D, powered by Oracle, with the addition of enhanced clinical data management capabilities. This enables life sciences companies to generate high-quality, reliable and statistically sound data from clinical trials to reduce the time, effort and cost needed to take drugs from development to market.

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NewLink Genetics, Merck receives Vaccine Industry Excellence Awards

Friday, April 17, 2015 01:09 PM

NewLink Genetics, a biopharmaceutical company focused on bringing novel immunotherapeutic medicines to cancer patients globally, and Merck received two Vaccine Industry Excellence (ViE) awards presented during the 15th Annual World Vaccine Congress. The ViE Awards honor the efforts, accomplishments and positive contributions of companies and individuals in the vaccine industry.

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Merck chairman, CEO Kenneth C. Frazier becomes PhRMA board chairman

Friday, April 17, 2015 12:40 PM

Kenneth C. Frazier, chairman and CEO of Merck, was elected chairman of the board of the Wash. D.C.-based Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). At the board meeting, PhRMA’s president and CEO John J. Castellani announced he will be retiring Jan. 1, 2016. 

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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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Research function provides infrastructure, leverages large pool of health systems' patients and data

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