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Ipsen to acquire Canbex Therapeutics for $10.2M

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 11:29 AM

Canbex Therapeutics has granted Ipsen, a global specialty-driven pharmaceutical company headquartered in Paris, the exclusive right to purchase 100% of Canbex shares upon completion of the phase IIa study of Canbex’s lead candidate VSN16R for the treatment of spasticity in people with multiple sclerosis (MS).

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Merck Serono, Sysmex Inostics open liquid biopsy RAS biomarker testing center

Friday, February 20, 2015 12:32 PM

Merck Serono, the biopharmaceutical business of Merck, has announced the opening of the first liquid biopsy RAS biomarker testing center in Vall d'Hebron's Institute of Oncology, Barcelona, Spain, and initially will test patients as part of its research program. This is an important milestone in making the new liquid biopsy RAS test available to patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC), and a significant step forward in Merck Serono's collaboration with Sysmex Inostics, a Germany-based molecular diagnostic company.

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PharmaTimes clinical research awards to be presented Feb. 26

Thursday, February 12, 2015 03:33 PM

The 2015’s PharmaTimes Clinical Researcher of the Year—The Americas awards will be presented Feb. 26 in North Carolina.

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Gilead Sciences, Mobiquity each open new London headquarters

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 12:39 PM

Gilead Sciences, a U.S.-based biotechnology company, is deepening its U.K. presence with a new commercial headquarters in the heart of London from which to grow the company's portfolio, which includes treatments for HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, serious respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and cancer. The company's presence in London will foster closer partnerships with clinicians, patient groups and National Health Service and government organizations, as Gilead continues its efforts to broaden access to innovative medicines.

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International GPCR Consortium adds Novo Nordisk and Merck

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 12:34 PM

The GPCR Consortium, an international nonprofit collaboration that comprises academic research institutes in the U.S. and China and major pharma companies around the world, has announced Novo Nordisk and Merck as new members. The companies join AmgenSanofi and Ono in the GPCR Consortium. The research funded by the GPCR Consortium currently is conducted at the Bridge Institute at the University of Southern CaliforniaShanghai Institute of Materia Medica and the iHuman Institute at ShanghaiTech University.

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ALK, bioCSL partner for allergy tablets

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 12:30 PM

ALK and bioCSL have entered into a long-term partnership covering three ALK products in Australia and New Zealand. The agreement grants bioCSL exclusive rights in Australia and New Zealand to ALK’s sublingual allergy immunotherapy tablets (SLIT-tablets) for house dust mite (HDM) allergy and grass pollen allergy (marketed as Grazax in Europe and Grastek in North America), and its adrenaline auto-injector, Jext. ALK will be responsible for product supply and bioCSL will undertake registration and commercialization of the products.

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Adimab, Sanofi collaborate on bispecific antibodies

Monday, February 9, 2015 12:20 PM

Adimab, a Lebanon, N.H.-based technology company focused on the discovery of fully human antibodies and bispecifics, has announced a multi-target discovery and optimization collaboration with Sanofi. Adimab will use its proprietary platform to generate bispecific molecules against multiple targets. Sanofi will have the right to develop and commercialize all therapeutic antibodies and bispecifics resulting from the collaboration.

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Ebola vaccine trial opens in Liberia

Thursday, February 5, 2015 01:09 PM

A large clinical trial to assess the safety and efficacy of two experimental vaccines to prevent Ebola virus infection now is open to volunteers in Liberia. The trial is being led by a recently formed Liberia-U.S. clinical research partnership and is sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. The Partnership for Research on Ebola Vaccines in Liberia or PREVAIL, a phase II/III study, is designed to enroll approximately 27,000 healthy men and women aged 18 years and older.

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EMD Millipore inks agreement with Precision Biologics

Monday, February 2, 2015 02:00 PM

EMD Millipore, the life science business of Merck of Darmstadt, Germany, has announced an agreement for providing upstream process development services for Precision Biologics, a Texas-based clinical-stage biotechnology company, to advance a preclinical monoclonal antibody. The antibody, NEO-201, binds to a tumor-specific antigen found in several forms of cancer, offering therapeutic potential across multiple cancer types, including colorectal, lung, ovarian and pancreatic, an especially deadly cancer with limited treatment options.

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FDA approves record 41 new drugs in 2014, over 40% for rare diseases

Friday, January 16, 2015 02:52 PM

Pharmaceutical innovation had a banner year in 2014, as the FDA approved 41 novel drugs and biologics—the largest number in 18 years and a 52% increase from the 27 approved in 2013.

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