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Amgen, Novartis partner with Atlas Venture

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 02:37 PM

Atlas Venture, based in Cambridge, Mass., has entered into corporate strategic partnership (CSP) agreements with both Amgen, through its venture capital fund, Amgen Ventures, and Novartis. Atlas IX is expected to create and/or fund more than 15 new biotech companies and anticipates these new CSP relationships will be integral parts of facilitating their launch and progression.    

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Qiagen inks ninth master collaboration agreement for companion diagnostics

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 03:26 PM

Qiagen, a Netherlands-based holding company, has entered into a master collaboration agreement with the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis to enable the development and commercialization of companion diagnostics to be paired with existing Novartis pharmaceutical products as well as compounds in its development pipeline.

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UCB to sell generics business to private equity firms Advent, Avista Capital for $1.525 billion

Monday, November 10, 2014 12:26 PM

Advent International and Avista Capital Partners, two private equity firms with a strong healthcare focus, have agreed to acquire UCB’s U.S. specialty generics subsidiary, Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals (KU). UCB is a multinational biopharmaceutical manufacturing company headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.

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Report: Biosimilars could create $44B in healthcare savings

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 12:52 PM

Introducing competing biosimilar versions of complex biologic drugs used to treat illnesses such as cancer and rheumatoid arthritis could cut spending on biologics in the U.S. by $44 billion over the next decade, according to a new analysis from RAND, a Boston, Mass.-based nonprofit research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges.

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Novartis to sell influenza vaccines business to CSL for $275M

Monday, November 3, 2014 02:39 PM

Novartis has agreed to divest its influenza vaccines business to CSL for $275 million. This transaction requires regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the second half of 2015.

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Cancer Innovation Coalition calls for reinvigorated U.S. cancer innovation

Friday, October 31, 2014 02:10 PM

The Cancer Innovation Coalition (CIC) has gone to Capitol Hill to call for early legislative and regulatory action in 2015 that will reinvigorate cancer innovation in the U.S.

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Cancer Innovation forum calls for improving cancer research ecosystem

Monday, October 27, 2014 12:58 PM

Accelerating the delivery of promising new cancer treatments depends on one critical requirement—ensuring patients are actively involved in the cancer research and drug development process from beginning to end.

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Fidelity Biosciences and Atlas Venture launch Unum Therapeutics

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 11:28 AM

Fidelity Biosciences and Atlas Venture, with participation from Sanofi-Genzyme BioVentures, have launched Unum Therapeutics, a company developing cellular immunotherapy to treat cancer. Fidelity Biosciences invests venture capital in biopharmaceutical, medical technology, healthcare information technology and healthcare service companies, while Atlas Venture is an early-stage investor. All three are based in Cambridge, Mass.

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Novartis publishes CTL019 data for acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Thursday, October 16, 2014 11:55 AM

Novartis and the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine have announced preliminary results from two pilot clinical trials published in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) evaluating the efficacy and safety of CTL019 in patients with relapsed/refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia (r/r ALL). The studies, conducted by Penn, demonstrated that 27 of 30 pediatric and adult patients, or 90%, experienced complete remissions with the investigational chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) therapy CTL019.

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Covance, Novartis collaborate to develop a clinical data warehouse

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 01:21 PM

Covance has entered an in-kind collaboration with Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR) to accelerate the development of a state-of-the-art clinical data warehouse designed to support data integration and meta-analysis for preclinical and clinical research.

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