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Merck acquires OncoEthix, a privately-held oncology company

Friday, December 19, 2014 12:06 PM

Merck has acquired, through a subsidiary, OncoEthix, a Swiss-based, privately held biotechnology company specializing in oncology drug development. Merck has gained an investigational, novel oral BET (bromodomain) inhibitor, OTX015, currently in phase Ib studies for the treatment of hematological malignancies and advanced solid tumors.

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Report: Top 30 pharma companies spent $112B on R&D in 2013

Thursday, December 18, 2014 11:19 AM

The world’s leading 30 pharmaceutical companies spent a combined $112 billion on R&D in 2013, an increase of $723 million over the previous year, according to London-based research and consulting firm GlobalData.

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Amgen initiates trial of Talimogene Laherparepvec and Merck's Keytruda

Thursday, December 11, 2014 01:46 PM

Amgen has initiated a trial of talimogene laherparepvec, an investigational oncolytic immunotherapy, in combination with an investigational use of Merck's FDA approved, anti-PD-1 therapy, Keytruda (pembrolizumab) in patients with regionally or distantly metastatic melanoma. The trial has enrolled its first patient and will evaluate the combination of these two therapies in approximately 110 patients across 35 clinical trial sites in the U.S., Australia and Europe.

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FDA expands Gardasil 9 approval

Thursday, December 11, 2014 01:07 PM

The FDA has approved Gardasil 9 (Human Papillomavirus 9-valent Vaccine, Recombinant) for the prevention of certain diseases caused by nine types of Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Covering nine HPV types, five more HPV types than Gardasil (previously approved by the FDA), Gardasil 9 has the potential to prevent approximately 90% of cervical, vulvar, vaginal and anal cancers.

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EFPIA hires Joe Jimenez, CEO of Novartis, as new president

Thursday, December 11, 2014 12:06 PM

EFPIA has appointed Joe Jimenez, CEO of Novartis, as its new president. He will work alongside Dr. Stefan Oschmann, CEO Pharma of Merck, and Marc de Garidel, chairman and CEO of Ipsen, who have been appointed as vice presidents by the board.

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Merck to acquire Cubist Pharmaceuticals for $9.5B to expand hospital acute care pipeline

Monday, December 8, 2014 03:29 PM

Shying away from mega-mergers to instead focus on mid-sized drug makers that complement its product pipeline, Merck said this morning it will acquire Cubist Pharmaceuticals for $9.5 billion, including $1.1 billion in debt.

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Merck’s EngageZone receives IDG’s CSO Security Award

Thursday, December 4, 2014 02:22 PM

EngageZone has been named an honoree of a 2015 CSO50 Award from IDG's CSO. This prestigious honor is awarded to a select group of organizations with security projects that have created outstanding business value and thought leadership for their companies.

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Merck, NewLink Genetics collaborate on investigational Ebola vaccine

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 11:54 AM

Merck and Ames, Iowa-based NewLink Genetics have entered into an exclusive worldwide license agreement to research, develop, manufacture and distribute NewLink’s investigational rVSV-EBOV (Ebola) vaccine candidate.

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Global oncologists share insights into cancer immunology

Monday, November 24, 2014 08:00 AM

Cancer immunotherapy has become one of the hottest fields of clinical research in decades.

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U.K. launches Innovative Medicines Review

Friday, November 21, 2014 11:27 AM

The U.K. government is launching an Innovative Medicines Review, which will consider how to speed up patient access to cost-effective and innovative medicines, devices and diagnostics.

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