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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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Arvinas, Merck to collaborate

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 12:41 PM

Arvinas, a New Haven, Conn.-based private biotechnology company creating a new class of drugs based on protein degradation, has formed a strategic collaboration with Merck in which Arvinas' novel PROTAC technology will be used to degrade target proteins to create novel therapeutics. The multi-year collaboration will encompass multiple disease targets across several therapeutic areas.

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Clinical trials prove Canada's VSV-EBOV Ebola vaccine safe and effective

Thursday, April 2, 2015 02:46 PM

Canada's VSV-EBOV Ebola vaccine proved to be safe and effective in a phase I clinical trial, according to findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine. These studies were performed at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to explore the experimental vaccine's safety and what immune response it evokes when administered at different dosages.

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Syndax, Merck to collaborate on immuno-oncology study

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 12:54 PM

Syndax Pharmaceuticals, based in Waltham, Mass., and Merck have entered into a clinical trial collaboration to evaluate the safety and efficacy of combining Syndax’s entinostat, an investigational epigenetic therapy, with Merck’s Keytruda (pembrolizumab), the first anti-PD-1 therapy approved in the U.S. The phase Ib/II study will evaluate this novel combination regimen in patients with either advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) or melanoma. The study is expected to begin enrolling patients in the second half of 2015.

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Ziopharm-Intrexon collaborate with Merck Serono

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 12:50 PM

Ziopharm Oncology, a Boston, Mass.-based biotech company, and Intrexon, a synthetic biology provider, have announced their oncology programs will be strengthened through Intrexon's new global collaboration focused exclusively on novel chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) products with Merck Serono, the biopharmaceutical division of Merck. Intrexon will share the economic provisions of this collaboration, including upfront payment, milestones and royalties, equally with Ziopharm.

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Ablynx, Merck extend ion channel research collaboration

Friday, March 27, 2015 11:21 AM

Ablynx, a biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Belgium, has extended its initial two-year research collaboration with Merck to develop and commercialize Nanobody candidates directed toward an undisclosed voltage gated ion channel.

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Moderna appoints Tal Zaks as chief medical officer

Thursday, March 19, 2015 01:22 PM

Moderna Therapeutics, a developer of messenger RNA (mRNA) Therapeutics across a range of therapeutic applications, has announced that Tal Zaks, M.D., Ph.D., will join Moderna's executive leadership team as chief medical officer.

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Ruthigen, Pulmatrix ink merger agreement

Monday, March 16, 2015 01:41 PM

Ruthigen, a biopharmaceutical company based in Santa Rosa, Calif., and Pulmatrix, a Lexington, Mass.-based clinical stage biotech, have entered into a definitive merger agreement. Pulmatrix will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ruthigen and all of Pulmatrix's debt and equity securities outstanding prior to the consummation of the merger will be exchanged for shares of Ruthigen common stock that will represent approximately 81% of the outstanding common stock of Ruthigen.

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