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Spinifex Pharmaceuticals to be acquired by Novartis

Monday, June 29, 2015 09:22 AM

Novartis International has agreed to acquire Spinifex Pharmaceuticals, a company focused on the development of new drugs for the treatment of chronic pain based in Stamford, Conn., and Melbourne, Australia, for an upfront cash consideration of $200 million plus undisclosed clinical development and regulatory milestone payments.

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Report: Pharma R&D pipeline value jumps 18% to $493 billion

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 10:32 AM

Emerging therapeutic categories and a string of breakthrough drug approvals are powering key drug sales across the U.S. and Europe, fueling a projected 5% increase in global prescription sales over the next five years, according to the EvaluatePharma World Preview 2015, Outlook to 2020 report from life science market intelligence firm Evaluate. With the FDA approving an unprecedented 50 drugs in 2014, eight of which are forecast to have sales of more than $1 billion five years after launch, sustained R&D productivity may finally be within reach.

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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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Teva rebuts Mylan chairman’s letter

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 11:13 AM

Erez Vigodman, Teva’s president and CEO, has responded to the June 1 letter by Mylan’s executive chairman Robert J. Coury. Vigodman addresses Courey’s accusations about Teva’s hostile takeover of Mylan and the lack of information available to stakeholders.

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Perrigo to acquire OTC portfolio from GlaxoSmithKline

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 12:39 PM

Perrigo has entered into an agreement to acquire a portfolio of established over-the-counter (OTC) brands from GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, in connection with GSK's commitments to the E.C. and other regulators to divest these businesses in the context of the formation of a consumer health joint venture between GSK and Novartis International. Perrigo will acquire the following assets in an all-cash transaction:

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Surface Oncology appoints Detlev Biniszkiewicz CEO

Monday, May 11, 2015 09:09 AM

Surface Oncology, a Cambridge, Mass.-based provider of next-generation cancer immunotherapies, has appointed Detlev Biniszkiewicz, Ph.D., president and CEO, effective immediately. Biniszkiewicz brings over 15 years of industry leadership and experience building a transformative pipeline of novel cancer therapies, most recently as the head of the oncology strategy at AstraZeneca.

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Two from Chiltern win Clinical Researcher of the Year

Thursday, April 30, 2015 10:36 AM

Global CRO Chiltern has earned two Clinical Researcher of the Year (CRoY) winners in the U.K., joining the five finalists previously announced from the U.S. Sarah Jones earned the Gold Pharma in the CTA category and Helen Greenleaf earned Bronze as an Aspiring CRA. Both Chiltern Source professionals are working with Novartis.

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GSK to establish global vaccines R&D center in the U.S.

Monday, April 6, 2015 11:57 AM

GlaxoSmithKline is establishing a new global center for vaccines R&D in Rockville, Md. The site will become one of three global vaccines R&D centers for GSK, complementing the company’s existing global R&D center in Rixensart, Belgium and in Siena, Italy, a site GSK acquired from Novartis last month.

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Aduro Biotech, Novartis collaborate on immuno-oncology products

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 12:50 PM

Aduro Biotech, a private, clinical-stage immuno-oncology company based in Berkeley, Calif., is collaborating with Novartis for the worldwide research, development and commercialization of novel immuno-oncology products derived from Aduro’s cyclic dinucleotide (CDN) approach to target the STING (Stimulator of Interferon Genes) receptor, that, when activated, is known to initiate broad innate and adaptive tumor-specific immune responses.

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FDA approves first biosimilar Zarxio from Sandoz

Friday, March 6, 2015 12:24 PM

Sandoz, a Novartis company, has became the first company to receive approval of a biosimilar in the U.S. through the new FDA biosimilar pathway established under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act.

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